Gansu Travel Guide
Located in the upper reaches of the Yellow River, northwest China, Gansu is one of the cradles of Chinese cultures. It occupies a total area of 450,000 square kilometers (173,700 square miles). Neighboring provinces are Shaanxi to the east, Sichuan to the south, Qinghai and Xinjiang to the west and Inner Mongolia and Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region to the north. With a population of 23.7 million, this city has a multinational population which includes ethnic minority groups of Kazak, Mongolian, Tibetan, Hui, Dongxiang, Tu and Manchu. They mutually influence each other in the fields of economics, politics and culture and hold close ties with the Han people. They have thus developed a unique cultural community.
Cities in Gansu
What to See
With a long history and brilliant cultures, Gansu is abundantly endowed with cultural relics and natural scenery. Vast and graceful natural scenery like endless desert and pure glacial landscape presents an impressive and breath-taking picture before your eyes. Take for example the world-famous Mogao Caves. It is the largest and most well-preserved Buddhist art palace and also a post along the ancient Silk Road; the grand Jiayuguan Pass, an important outpost in ancient China, is the western end of the Great Wall; the Labrang Monastery in Xiahe is one of the largest Tibetan Buddhist resorts in China while the Bingling Temple in Lanzhou is a treasure trove of Han Buddhism. All of these are commendatory points of interest for your tour.
When to Go
It is important for tourists to be familiar with the local weather. The annual average temperature is about 0C to 15C. The lowest temperature occurs in January and is approximately -14C to 3C and the highest temperature is in July between 22C and 25C. Average annual rainfall is between 30 to 860 millimeters (1.18 to 33.86 inches). With plenty of rain, you would be well-advised to take an umbrella along with you for the tour. However, despite the changeful weather, your sightseeing visit from May to October would be uninterrupted.
The local traditional handicrafts are archaized carpets (using patterns from ancient carpets), luminous cups and the duplicates of sculptures and murals of the Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang.
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Lanzhou to Xiahe Labrang Monastery: 5 days travel of Lanzhou and Xiahe with cheap price
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Need also info on cheap but good accommodation there. Oh... will be traveling in mid-June. How's the weather during that time?
Thank you very much in advance.
There are many convenient and economic hotels in these cities, and I will list some for you.
Super 8 Hotel (Lanzhou Railway Station Branch): no.218 East Minzhu Road CNY150-200/night for a double room
Jinjiang Inn (Lanzhou Railway Station Branch): no.182, South Tianshui Road CNY200-300/night for a standard room
Home Inn (Zhangye Nandajie Branch): no.238, Nandajie, Ganzhou District CNY120-200/night for a standard room
Hanting Hotel (Zhangye Municipal Government Branch): no.3, Zhangye Xihuan Road CNY140-200/night for a standard room
You may find a hotel near the scenic spot. Qilian Shanye Muge Resort located at the crossing of ZHuo’ershan Scenic Spot will be a nice choice. It charges CNY400-500/night for a standard room.
Hanting Hotel (Xining Railway Station Branch): no.144, West Huzhu Road, Chengdong District CNY140-200/night for a standard room
Jinjiang Inn (Xining dashizi Branch): no.37-9, Yinma Street, Chengzhong District CNY200-300/night for a standard room
According to the history data, it will be cloudy and rainy in Lanzhou at that time. The temperature will be 55F to 80F.
as holidays are always too short because of work does anybody would reccomend a 5 days itinerary in the province (including Jiayuguan!) Thanks a lot!
Day 01: Lanzhou
You can visit GS Provincial Museum, Yellow River Mother Sculpture, Zhongshan Bridge, Dazhong Street, Waterwheel Garden and White Pagoda Mountain Park today.
Day 02: Dunhuang
You may go to the Mogao Caves, Sanwei Mountain, Echoing-Sand Mountain and Shazhou Market there.
Day 03: Dunhuang
You are advised to charter a car to visit Dunhuang Ancient Town, West Thousand-Buddha Cave, Yangguan Pass, Hecang, Yumenguan Pass, Great Wall of Han Dynasty and Yardang National Geopark.
Day 04: Jiayuguan
You can pay a visit to Jiayuguan Pass, Overhanging Great Wall, First Fire Tower of the Great Wall and Wei-Jin Art Gallery today.
Day 05: Zhangye
You may travel to Wooden Tower of Sui Dynasty, Danxia National Geological Park, Shandan Buddha Temple and Shandan Horse Farm, and Giant Buddha Temple.
If you feel a little tight about this schedule, you may cancel some attractions you are not interested.
Could you also advice how to transfer within the suggested places you mentioned? Please consider we will be two people (one speaking Chinese).
From the Yellow River Mother Sculpture to Dazhong Street: You can take bus no.25 at the Yellow River Mother Bus Stop and get off at the North Crossing of Yongchang Road Bus Stop. Then walk ahead for 100 yards to the street.
From Dazhong Street to Zhongshan Bridge: You can take bus no.74 to the South Chengguan Huanghe Bridge Bus Stop. Then you may walk around 130 yards to the destination.
From Zhongshan Bridge to Waterwheel Garden: You can take bus no.20 at the City Hall Bus Stop to the Waterwheel Garden Bus Stop directly.
From the Waterwheel Garden to White Pagoda Mountain Park: You can take bus no.20 to the White Pagoda Mountain Park directly.
From Lanzhou to Dunhuang: You can take a direct train at the railway station to Dunhuang. The train usually leaves at 17:00, 17:54, 19:09 and 19:30.
You are advised to charter a car to travel in Dunhuang.
From Dunhuang to Jiangyuguan: You can also take a train to go there. It usually departs at 15:00, 15:22, 18:35, 18:55, 19:40, 20:07 and 22:53 with the duration of around 4.5 hours.
People usually rent a car to travel around Jiayuguan.
From Jiayuguan to Zhangye: You are advised to take a high speed train at the South Jiayuguan Railway Station to West Zhangye Railway Station. There are many trains operating during 12:25 to 19:10. The duration is around 1.5 hours.
You may need to charter a car in Zhangye, because it could be a little far among the attractions.
They told me that I would not be allowed to step out of the airport alone without a group in Urumqui and I was wondering, could I go by train or bus? because reading people comments they say that the Chinese do not like it that you want to go to Xinjiang when you apply for a visa, but then it does not matter( only Tibet being the group issue) thank you for any help
3 of us will be travelling from Zhangye (Gansu) to Xining (Qinghai).Can someone advice us how are we to get from Zhangye to Qilian mountain grassland,sand island, bird island, chaka salt lake and Qinghai Lake. Thank you
You can take a bus from Qilian Bus Station to Xining. The bus schedule is 7:40, 8:20, 9:30, 10:30, 12:30, and 14:30. It costs CNY86 and takes 5h on the way. Once you arrive at Xining, also charter a car to visit the sand island, bird island, chaka salt lake, and Qinghai Lake one by one.