Dear friends, would you like to ramble along the ancient Silk Road
and re-enter the historic long river? Come then to Gansu, a memorable tour awaits you.
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.
Lanzhou, a well-known ancient city in China, is the capital of Gansu. It is the second largest city in northwest China, and also the political, economic and cultural center of the province.
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.
|Mogao Caves, Dunhuang || |
|Labrang Monastery, Xiahe |
When to Go
It is important for tourists to be familiar with the local weather. The annual average temperature is about 0
C to 15
C. The lowest temperature occurs in January and is approximately -14
C to 3
C and the highest temperature is in July between 22
C and 25
C. 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.
|Bingling Temple, Lanzhou || |
|Jiayuguan Pass |