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Lanzhou Travel Guide & Silk Road Tours

The city of Lanzhou is a major stop on ancient China Silk Road, it has been a centre since early times, being a the southern end of the route leading via the Gansu(Hexi) Corridor across Central Asia. It enjoys a temperate, semi-arid climate and is crossed by the famous Yellow River, China's second-longest river (after the Yangtze River) where travelers can appreciate the magnificence of the cradle of Chinese civilization. Its rich past history and location endows Lanzhou with a numerous of cultural and historic sites, such as Maijishan Grottoes, Bingling Templg Grottoes, Labrang Monastert, Gansu Provincial Museum and much more. In addition, Lanzhou is a transportation hub of China Silk Road tourism ring in rail and road transportation. It's very conventient to get to the Hexi Corridor (Jiayuguan, Zhangye,etc), Dunhuang, Qinghai, Tibet and Xinjiang by train or by flight.  

Lanzhou city in Gansu is truly an exciting holiday destination with unique attractions and great outdoor spaces, if you desire to book Lanzhou tour but no idea how to plan it, we are the local resources, can tailor-made your own Lanzhou tour based on your needs and interest

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Top Lanzhou Silk Road Tours

1 Day Lanzhou Tour to Labrang Monastery
Labrang_Monastery.jpgHighlight:Are you looking for private tour from Lanzhou to Xiahe Labrang Monastery? 1 Day Lanzhou Tour to Labrang Monastery by comfortable vehicle helps you to explore the wonderful Tibetan culture and its unique style of Tibetan architecture. During the tour, you will not only explore the magnificent Labrang Monastery, the most famous Tibetan monastery in Gansu, also appreaciate the natural scenery along the way. 

2 Days Tour Package From Lanzhou to Xiahe
Xiahe_County.jpgHighlight:2 Days Xiahe highlights tour from Lanzhou by private vehicle transfer is the way to properly visit the most famous places in Xiahe county. As Xiahe is one of the most popular destinations in Gansu, the package tour will cover the Larang Monastery and Sangke Grassland to show you essence of Xiahe with a professional explanation and quality service provided by your personal tour guide.

City Tour in Lanzhou: Flexible Lanzhou Highlights Day Tour
Gansu_Province_Museum.jpgHighlight: Explore Lanzhou's city highlights on this private sightseeing day tour. This tour covers the must-see Lanzhou attractions like Gansu Provincial Museum, Zhongshan Bridge, Lanzhou Waterwheel Garden and Yellow River Mother Sculpture. Get the in-depth information about all the sites from your knowledgeable guide and enjoy the private guide and transfer service for a personalized Lanzhou tour experience.

2-Day Xian to Lanzhou Tour by Bullet Train: Tianti Grottoes, Luoshi Pagoda and Leitai in Wuwei
Tianti_Grottoes.jpgHighlight: This 2-day Xian to Lanzhou tour by bullet train is an ideal outing for first-time visitors to explore the wonderful silk road cities. A knowledgeable guide will providecommentary while you are visiting the famous tourist attractions in Wuwei county including Tianti Grottoes, Luoshi Pagoda and Leitai Park. Enjoy the hassle-free service from Xian to Lanzhou Wuwei with comfortable vehicle transfer, experienced tour guide, entrance fee and optional Xian Lanzhou train tickets.

Tour From Lanzhou: Zhangye Danxia Geopark Day Tour by Bullet Train
Zhangye_3.jpgHighlight: Book a day tour from Lanzhou to visit Zhangye Danxia Geopark(China Rainbow Mountain) by round way bullet train, you will have a chance to enjoy the spectacular, colorful rock formations which represents typical Danxia Landform in China. This packege tour includes English speaking tour guide, entrance fee, prvate transfer, round way Lanzhou Zhangye bullet train tickets and Lanzhou hotel pickup & drop-off service.

4-Day Silk Road China Tour From Xian to Lanzhou Xiahe
Yadan.jpgHighlight: 4-Day Silk Road China tour from Xian to Lanzhou Xiahe is a special designed package tour for those who are eager to learn about the history of China silk road. Leave the guidebook behind because your guide for the tour package is an extremely knowledgeable and friendly, who will take you to must-see sites and spots of Lanzhou and Xiahe. You guide will also be able to answer all of your questions, offer you an informative trip.

What to see in Lanzhou

White Pagoda Mountain ParkGansu Province Museum
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Xiguan MosqueYellow River Mother Sculpture
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Five Springs Mountain ParkZhongshan Bridge
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Lanzhou Waterwheel ParkBingling Temple & Grottoes

Frenquetly Asked Questions about how to plan a Lanzhou Silk Road Tour
1. Where should i stay when i visit Lanzhou city?
If you're a first time visitor to Lanzhou, you might prefer a more touristy area, but if you're a solo traveler, a local neighborhood could be more interesting.Some areas have lots of things to do within walking distance, but the hotels may be more expensive.Popular Neighborhoods in Lanzhou as below:
1)Chengguan District - the downtown district and the city's commercial hub, it's noted for its good hotels and restaurants and Lanzhou Railway Station.
2)Anning District - this northwestern neighborhood has a high student population and is home to Lanzhou Jiaotong University and Northwest Normal University.
3)Qilihe District - lies on the southern bank of the Yellow River. Attractions include Xihu Park and the Yellow River Mother statue, which is the symbol of Lanzhou.

2. Is there any hotels in Lanzhou are popular for budget travelers?
If you travel on a budget,there are some express hotels are highly recommended.They are clean, cheap and equipped with in-house fast internet. Lanzhou is the capital of Gansu Province but less developed provinces compared to other provinces in China, Lanzhou doesn’t possess many luxury hotels. At the time of my writing, no international chain hotels are available in the city of Lanzhou. In the past few years, Lanzhou has seen the fast growing of express hotels such Hanting Inn and Hotels, Jinjiang Inn, Home Inn, Green Tree Inn…

3. Does the hotel staff in Lanzhou speak English?
Lanzhou is a less-developed city in China so English is not very common in Lanzhou. In the 5 star hotels, the staffs are well-trained in Speaking English, especially the Reception. The hotels will put a clear Chinese & English sign in the hotel which above 4 stars, there are travel guides in English in the hotel. Most hotel staff speak some simple English for the basic communication.Please don' t worry that they will also use translation Application. By the way, you can let the tour guide know if you have any questions or need any help.

4. Is the credit card payment available in Lanzhou hotel?
Cash is still more widely used in Lanzhou than credit cards,especially in smaller restaurant, shops,some hotels and outside of more touristy areas. So it's important to bring some cash with you. But some places like 4star or 5star hotels in Lanzhou, upscale restaurants, and foreign brand-name stores accept credit cards.

5. What is the famous food in Lanzhou?
The food in Lanzhou is quite unique compared to that of central China, having been influenced by ethnic groups - especially the Hui people. Besides the beef noodles, there are local delicacies that cannot be tasted in other places, as well as Sichuan cuisines, hotpot, and western food. Lanzhou is known for its pulled beef noodles. It seriously seems like there’s a Lanzhou noodle joint on every corner in China. A big bowl of these will fill you up and usually only costs around $1.50 or so. No wonder it’s so popular! While the noodles are amazing, there’s lots more to eat here.

6. Can I get halal restaurant in Lanzhou?
There are many halal restaurants in Lanzhou city. Lanzhou is one of famous place for Halal food in China since it was an important stop on the ancient silk road and many people came here from Central Asian,it is one of the largest community of Hui people in China.
Halal food has a long history in China. The arrival of Arabian and Persian merchants during the Tang and Song dynasty seen the introduction of the Muslim diet. Chinese Muslim cuisine adheres strictly to the Islamic dietary rules with mutton and lamb being the predominant ingredient.

7. When is the best time travel to Lanzhou?
According to the seasonal variations in Lanzhou,spring and summer are short, while autumn and winter have relatively long period.the best time to travel to Lanzhou is from Many to October. During this period, the temperature is most suitable for sightseeing. If you are interested in local Lanzhou folk culture,you plan travel to Lanzou during winter since many festivals will be hold in Lanzhou.

8. What are the local specialties of lanzhou?
Lanzhou is a good place to buy some local products and handcrafts bring back home. They are many local products come from Gansu Province can be found in Lanzhou city. Such as Tao Ink Stone(It's one of four famous Ink Stone in China),Yongdeng Shadow Puppet,Sanpaotai(the most famous tea in Lanzhou).

9. What are the must see places in Lanzhou for first time traveller?
Lanzhou, with its long history, brilliant culture and abundant natural resources, is the capital and largest city of Gansu Province in the northwest of China. Lanzhou boasts many tourist attractions such as Five-spring Mountain, White Pagoda Mountain Park, Bingling Thousand-Buddha Caves, Yellow River Mother Sculpture etc.

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