Lanzhou acts as a halfway marker for overlanders travelling across the country and it is located on a beautiful stretch of the Yellow River. Lanzhou is a thrilling melting pot of different ethnic groups and cultures, although it’s perhaps most famous for its local beef noodles and exhilarating night markets as a key stop-off on the Chinese Silk Road.
What to Do in Lanzhou
- Gansu Provincial Museum is a must-see with its rich collection of Silk Road artefacts, mixed in with various Han dynasty tablets and large dinosaur skeletons.
- Go see where the Yellow River flows through the city centre, there’s a wonderful Waterwheel Garden filled with old irrigation devices that once span in use on the riverbanks.
- Head to Zhongshan Bridge one evening, when it’s backlit by the stunning White Pagoda Temple and softened by the sound of the Yellow River.
- Walk to White Pagoda Park on the northern bank of the Yellow River and visit the temple there, which was built for a fallen Tibetan monk.
Lanzhou Travel Tips
Getting around Lanzhou is easy thanks to a metro system that opened in 2016. Keep in mind that taxis and city buses can get caught in traffic. There’s also a fun cable car that runs up from Yellow River Cable Car Station to the Upper Cable Car Station near White Pagoda Temple – another reason to book your Lanzhou flights now with Hainan Airlines.