White Pagoda Park

Located in the north of Lanzhou City, the White Pagoda Park owes its name to the amazing White Pagoda within it. With images of Buddha on its eight sides, the seven-story pagoda with a height of 17 meters (about 55.8 feet), is a pure white from top to bottom with the exception of the green top which greatly enhances the glamour of the whole building.

Legend has it that the White Pagoda was built in honor of a well-known Tibetan Lama who died of an illness in Lanzhou when on his way to Mongolia as representative of the leader of Sakyapa in order to meet Genghis Khan, founder of the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). Unfortunately, the original pagoda later toppled down. The present White Pagoda was constructed by an official in the reign of Emperor Yingzong of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), and later extended by an imperial inspector in Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).

In 1958, White Pagoda Park was opened to the public. Covering an area of 8,000 square meters(about two acres), the White Pagoda Park has three stately and magnificent ancient architectural complexes within it. These harmonize with the surrounding natural landscape and the White Pagoda Mountain beyond. The mountain was once famed for its 'Three Treasures', the Elephant Skin Drum, Bronze Bell, and Redbud that withered long ago. After many years' forestation, White Pagoda Park has taken on a brand new look and now the trees and grass here are luxuriant. Special features of the park are the Mysterious Yellow River Stone Hall and the Yugur Reception Counting House the likes of which may not be found elsewhere. If one has an opportunity to visit White Pagoda Park, a climb to the top of pagoda should not be missed, as it affords a bird's eye view of the whole of Lanzhou City. One can also feast one's eyes on the magnificent view of White Pagoda Mountain with the Zhongshan Bridge at its foot. The way in which the bridge and mountain complement each other to form picturesque scene has meant that together they have become a symbol of Lanzhou City and very much a 'must see' for travelers.

Tips: The local snack Lanzhou Beef Noodle (Lanzhou Niu Rou La Mian) is highly recommended.

How to get to White Pagoda Park

Take Bus 20, 35, 53, 108, 131 or Jincheng Sightseeing Bus to Baitashan Gongyuan (White Pagoda Park).

Entrance Fee Free
Opening Hours 6:00 - 24:00

Nearby Attraction:

Zhangye Road Pedestrian Street: With a history of more than 100 years, it is known as the oldest and most cultural commercial street of Lanzhou city.

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- Last updated on Feb. 01, 2021 -
Questions & Answers on White Pagoda Park
Asked by Cecilia from UK | Aug. 13, 2016 05:28Reply
How do I reach the White Pagoda park from the Crown Plaza hotel in Lanzhou?
Answers (1)
Answered by United Kindom from SALLY | Aug. 13, 2016 22:09

You can walk to Gansu Dajuyuan stop to take the bus No. 53 to the park directly. Or you can take a taxi, and the fare is about CNY15.
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