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Brief Introduction

Gansu Province is on the upper reaches of the Yellow River in northwest China and at the juncture of the Loess Plateau, Inner Mongolia Plateau and Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. It lies at 32°11′-42°57′ north latitude and 92°13′-108°46′ east longitude. It borders Shaanxi in the east, Ningxia in the northeast, Sichuan in the south, Qinghai and Xinjiang in the west, and Inner Mongolia in the north. Also it borders, the People’s Republic of Mongolia. Gansu covers an area of 454,000 square kilometers, ranking the seventh in the country. It has 12 cities and two prefecture: Lanzhou, Jiayuguan, Jinchang, Baiyin, Tianshui, Wuwei Zhangve, Jiuquan, Pingliang, Qingyang, Dingxi and cities, and Linxia Hui and Gannan Tibetan autonomous prefectures, with Lanzhou as its capital city. 

Gansu lies on the “Silk Road” and on the way to experience the Yellow River customs and Qinghai-Tibet tourist route. It has a long history, a brilliant culture and a variety of tourist resources. In addition, it is the birthplace of China’s farming civilization. Since the Han and fang dynasties, Gansu has become a golden section of the “Silk Road” through which China carried out cultural and trade exchanges with other countries and regions. So it boasts rich cultural sites, including the world-known Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang, the magnificent Jiayuguan Pass, the discovered rare bamboo slips from the Han Dynasty (206 B.C. – A.D. 220), the magnificent and splendid Labrang Monastery and ancient Great Wall sections built in the Qin, Han and Ming periods. All these attract both the Chinese and foreign visitors with their unique fascination.

Gansu illustrates great varieties of landforms and wonderful natural landscapes and is attractive for its beautiful and unique scenes of Gobi Oasis, deserts, glaciers, snow-covered mountains, forests, grasslands, Yadan and Danxia landforms.

Since ancient times, Gansu is a province many ethnic people have lived. Today it has a population of over 25.58 million. By the end of 2007, among the ethnic groups 16 have a population of more than 1,000 including Hui, Tibetan, Dongxiang, Tu, Yugar, Bao’an, Mongolian, Salar, Kazakh and Manchu. of them, Dongxiang, Yugur and Bao’an are peculiar ethnic groups of Gansu Province. All these ethnic groups have different habits and customs in their wedding and funerary ceremonies, festivals, celebrations, dieting, living and other cultural activities, reflecting colorful ethnic features.


Gansu Provincial Museum

Situated in the Qilihe District, Lanzhou, the museum is the largest comprehensive museum of the province. It houses a rich collection of 100,000 pieces of rare relics including the bronze sculpture of a galloping horse dating back to the Eastern Han Dynasty (A.D.25-220) which has become a symbol of Chinese tourism, fossils of ancient elephants from the Yellow River areas, painted pottery, bamboo slips from the Han Dynasty, Buddhist fine arts and exhibits of the “Silk Road” culture, which are unique and fantastic exhibits of the museum.

100-li Yellow River Scenes Belt in Lanzhou

The 100-li (two li equal one kilometer) Yellow River Scenes Belt based on the landscapes and cultural sites on the banks of the Yellow River is a famous tourist program of Lanzhou. Tourists can experience charming landscapes along the Yellow River on an ancient sheepskin raft.

Statue of Mother Yellow River

Lying on the middle section of Binhe Road, the Statue of Mother Yellow River is the most beautiful one among all the sculptures reflecting the Yellow River, the mother river of China. This statue symbolizes the indomitable mother river which cultivates the Chinese nation and its happy descendants who are growing sturdily.

Zhongshan Iron Bridge

It is an ancient bridge with a long history in Lanzhou and is the first iron bridge over the Yellow River. In 1907, it was built by German with expense of 300,000 Hang silver from the state treasury of the Qing government. In 1942 it was renamed “Zhongshan Bridge” in memory of Sun Yat-sen (1866-1925), a great forerunner of democratic revolution. The bridge was consolidated by adding five arched steel beams in 1954.

Water Wheel Garden

In history, Lanzhou owned more than 250 water wheels and was famous as the “capital of water wheels”. The Water Wheel Garden in Lanzhou is a newly-opened theme garden to demonstrate water wheel culture. With 12 water wheels as the major sight, the garden reflects a harmonious scene of the Yellow River, water wheels and the life of the ancestors.

Five-Spring Mountain Park

The park is located at the northern foot of Gaolan Mountain on the southern side of Lanzhou. With a history of more than 2,000 years, this tourist scene got its name for five springs of Hui, Ganlu, Juyue, Mozi and Meng on the mountain. In addition, the park boasts a dozen building groups from the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties.

Xinglong Mountain National Forest Park

This park is five kilometers southwest of Yuzhong County and 60 kilometers away from the proper of Lanzhou. The Xinglong Mountain has two peaks on the east and west: Qiyun Peak on the east and Xinglong Peak on the west. Historical records show that  in 1227 Genghis Khan (1162- 1227) died of illness on the mountain while fighting against Western Xia (1038-1227) forces. His personal effects and weapons were buried here.

Ancient Town of Qingcheng in Yuzhong

One of the national-famous historical and cultural towns, Qingcheng is located in the northern part of Yuzhong County, Lanzhou. It was built for Di Qing, a regional chief of Qinzhou during the reign years of Emperor Renzong of the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127), while he inspected the border areas. Today it boasts more than 50 ancient quadrangle building groups, mainly including the Gao’s Shrine, Qingcheng Academy of Classical Learning, City God Temple and Luo’s Courtyard.


Quanhu Park (Jiuquan Historical Site of the Western Han Dynasty)

Located in Suzhou District, Jiuquan, the park got its name for an ancient spring of Jiuquan in it. In 121 B.C. Huo Qubing (140-117 B.C.) defeated Xiongnu troops here and Emperor Wu of the Han Dynasty (206 B.C.-220 A.D.) rewarded him a jar of wine. To share the wine with his troops, Huo poured the wine (jiu in Chinese) into the spring which was later named Jiuquan.

Jiuquan Satellite Launching Center

Jiuquan Satellite Launching Center is a birthplace of China’s space industry. It is the first and largest carrier rocket and satellite launching center in the country and also the only manned spaceship launching center in China.

Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang

A world cultural heritage site, Mogao Grottoes is 25 kilometers southeast of Dunhuang. Today a total of 492 caves are intact which house more than 45,000 square meters of murals and 3,390 painted statues from different historical periods of the 16-State, Northern Wei, Western Wei, Northern Zhou, Sui, Tang, Tubo, Five Dynasties, Song, Huihu, Western Xia, Yuan, Qing and the Republic. Mogao Grottoes are a cultural treasure house of architecture, sculpture and painting and are a magnificent and wonderful artistic hall in the world.

Mingsha Hill and Crescent-Moon Spring Scenic Area

One of China’s key scenic spots, Mingsha Hill and Crescent-Moon Spring exist harmoniously and constitute a miracle wrought by nature in the desert. The Mingsha Hill has a knife-like ridge and emits a humming sound at the mere touch of a foot. The spring got its name for its crescent-moon shape. Under the sunset glow, the visitors can listen to the sweet sound made by the bells around the camel neck. This scenic area is an ideal place for Chinese and foreign tourists to enjoy the desert scenery.

Dunhuang Yadan National Geopark

The Yadan landforms in Dunhuang are seldom seen in their scale or shape in the world. These miracles wrought by the nature were taken by director Zhang Yimou as spots in his film “Hero”. It has turned the Yadan National Geopark a tourist destination which attracts more and more tourists to visit.

Yumen Pass and Site of Great Wall of Han Dynasty

Yumen Pass was once a strategic passage on the “Silk Road” and was a key point for shipping jade from Western Regions to Central Plains according to a legend. Today the square gate tower has intact walls around built with yellow earth mixed with emulsion. The Great Wall built during the Han Dynasty around the gate tower is undulated with many watch houses oh it. Standing on it makes tourists spontaneously recall antiquity of the long history of China.

Yangguan Pass Museum

Yangguan Pass Museum is located in Nanhu Township, 70 kilometers away from Dunhuang. It got its name because it is located to the south of Yumen Pass. The pass was first built in 114 B.C. and was the only pass to the south route of the “Silk Road”. The museum is a group of buildings of Hanstyle architecture which reappear the Yangguan Pass and the “Silk Road” in history.

Yulin Grottoes

Located in Guazhou County, 70 kilometers to the southwest of the county seat, the Yulin Grottoes are similar with the Mogao Grottoes in contents and artistic and drawing style. It has 41 caves intact chipped in different historical periods. All the murals are well preserved and their contents are rich.

Hexi Wind Power Base

With rich wind power resources along the Hexi Corridor, Gansu Province has since 2010 built China’s first wind power base with an installed generating capacity of 10 million kw. After completion, this base will become the largest of its kind in the country. Also it will be another landmark project of modern energy technology. Tourists can enjoy this spectacular “Three Gorges on Land” landscape composed of thousand wind turbines on their way from Jiayuguan Pass to Dunhuang.


Jiayuguan Pass Cultural and Scenic Area

A world cultural heritage, the Jiayuguan Pass is 4.5 kilometers west of Jiayuguan City. It is the western end of the Great Wall built during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and is the most magnificent pass on the Great Wall of the Ming Dynasty. Also it is the most intact pass of the Great Wall and is famous as the “First Pass under the Heaven”.

First Blockhouse of the Great Wall

It was first built in 1539 and is as the starting point of the western end of the Great Wall built during the Ming Dynasty. It stands on the some 80-meter-tall cliffs on the northern bank of the Taolai River.

Overhanging Great Wall

Some eight kilometers to the north of downtown Jiayuguan, this section of the Great Wall was a part of the military defence system of the city. Its construction started in 1539. This section of the Great Wall is 750 meters long and some of it is on the 45° mountain slope, like upside down looked in distance.

Tombs with Murals of Wei and Jin Dynasties

In the areas east of Jiayuguan City to the 20 kilometers west of Jiuquan, these murals were discovered in more than 1,700 brick tombs of the Wei and Jin periods and are reputed as the largest underground gallery in the world. Today only 18 of them have been discovered and put in order. In total, some 760 mural bricks were collected and only Nos. 6 and 7 tombs are opened to visitors.


Giant Buddha Temple in Zhangye

In Zhangye, this temple houses a statue of reclining Sakyamuni. So it is also called the Reclining Buddha Temple. It was first built in 1098. A legend says the temple was the birthplace of Borzigin Kublai, Emperor Shizu of the Yuan Dynasty (1206-1368). In the late Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279) Zhao Xian, Emperor Gongzong came to the temple to become a monk after he was arrested. The reclining Buddha is the largest of its kind in the country, with a 34.5-meter- long body and 7.5-meter-wide shoulders. The statue is delicate and vivid with a natural manner and famous as treasure of China.

Horse Hoof Temple Scenic Area

The Horse Hoof Temple Grottoes boast 37 caves which house a total of some 500 clay statues from different historical periods, and more than 1,200 square meters of murals. Here tourists can enjoy the folk customs of Yugur, the unique ethnic group in Gansu. Also they can experience the unique living style and culture of nomad people such as lodging in the Yugur tent and trying highland barley wine and taking mutton with their fingers.

Zhangye Colorful Danxia Landform Geopark

The Danxia landform in Zhangye covers an area of more than 510 square kilometers and has been praised as one of the seven most beautiful Danxia landforms in China by the magazine China National Geography. The colorful hilly landform scenic area is the best among its kind in China and is famous for its steep cliffs, different forms, magnificent shapes and rich colors.

Shandan Horse Farm

Located 55 kilometers to the south of Shandan County in Zhangye, this horse farm on Qilian Mountains is the oldest and second largest one in the world and the largest one in Asia. It has beautiful landscape and is praised as an emerald on the “Silk Road”.


Badain Jaran Desert

Some 90 kilometers to the northeast of Jinchang, this desert is the third largest one in China. Jinchang is the best way to the desert which is famous for its height, precipitation, danger and sternness. Also it is well known for its five sceneries: fantastic peaks, humming sand, beautiful lakes, sacred springs and magnificent temples.


Leitai Han Tomb

The Leitai Han Tomb from which the bronze sculpture of a galloping horse 一 a symbol of Chinese tourism was discovered in a large brick and stone tomb dating back to the late Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220). It got its name for the Leizu Taoist Temple built in the mid-Ming Dynasty on it.

Confucian Temple in Wuwei

Located in the southeast corner of downtown Wuwei, the temple was first built in 1439. This magnificent imperial-style building complex was famous as the largest academy in west Gansu in the old days. Now it is the third largest of its kind in the country.

Baita Temple

Also known White Pagoda Temple, this Baita Temple got its name for 108 pagodas in it. In history it was the site for holding Liangzhou talks and witnessed the returning of Tibet to the motherland more than 750 years ago.

Tianti Mountain Grottoes

Located 50 kilometers to the south of Wuwei City, the Tianti Mountain Grottoes are one of the earliest of its kind in China and is the birthplace of Chinese grotto art. It has 17 intact caves housing more than 100 statues of Buddha.


Huining Site in Which Red Armies Met

Huining County was one of the four sites on the Long March of the Chinese Worker and Peasant Red Army (starting site of Ruijin, turning site of Zunyi, meeting site of Huining and site for settling down of Yan’an). In October 1936, three main forces of the Red Army met in Huining which marks the end of the world-known 25,000-// Long March. The main buildings in the site include the Red Army Meeting Building and the Museum to mark the meeting of the Red Army.

Yellow River Stone Forest National Geopark in Jintai

In the southeast corner of Jingtai County, Baiyin City, Yellow River Stone Forest grew up some 2.1 million years ago. Such unique and fantastic stone forests are resulted from the movement of the earth’s crust, weathering and other geographical functions.


Yongjing Yellow River Three Gorges Scenic Area

In Yongjing County, this scenic area is 44 kilometers away from Lanzhou City. The three gorges on the Yellow River are Singling Gorge, Liujia Gorge and Yanguo Gorge. This scenic area is mainly composed of the Liujia Gorge Reservoir, Singling Temple Grottoes, Singling Stone Forest, Liujia Gorge Dinosaur Foot Print Fossils National Geopark and Taiji Islet.

Hezheng Pine Sounding Gully Scenic Area

Located in Diaotan Township, Hezheng County, this scenic area covers an area of 33 square kilometers. When the wind blows, the pine trees sound like surging waves and the howl vibrates the whole gully. So the gully got the name the Pine Sounding Gully.

Hezheng Paleontological Fossil Museum

The museum is China’s only vertebrate paleontological fossil museum. Among the exhibits, the Hezheng sheep and hipparian fossils have a high value for study and appreciation.


Labrang Monastery & Gongtang Pagoda

Being one kilometer to the west of Xiahe County seat, the Labrang Monastery is one of the six main monasteries of the Dge-lugs-pa sect of Tibetan Buddhism and also the largest Tibetology academy in the world. This monastery was first built in 1709. A grand prayer service is held here in the first lunar month and on the 15th day of the seventh lunar month separately each year. The famous Gongtang Pagoda is located in the southwest corner of the Labrang Monastery, this pagoda is magnificent and is the symbol of Xiahe.

Sangke Grassland

The Sangke Grassland is an ideal place for touring grassland, avoiding summer heat and experiencing the life of local nomadic Tibetan people with rich sources of water and grass, fat sheep and cows.

Langmu Monastery

Located in the juncture of Gansu, Qinghai and Sichuan provinces in the south corner of Luqu County, the Langmu Monastery was first built in 1748. With water and mountains around, it has beautiful scenery. For many years, it has been a hot tourist destination of Chinese and foreign tourists, especially those tourists from Western European countries and self-service travellers.

First Bend of the Yellow River Scenic Area in Maqu

This scenic area by the first bend of the Yellow River has flourishing grasslands, undulated mountains, tall snow-covered peaks, extensive pastureland and plenty weeds. With its wonderful scenery, this area has been praised as the most beautiful wetland by magazine China National Geography.

Yeliguan Scenic Area

The Yeliguan Scenic Area is mainly composed of Yehai Lake, Huangnianzi Gully, Red Cliff Valley and Yeliguan National Forest Park.

Zhuoni Grand Gully

Some 30 kilometers to Zhuoni County seat, this gully is long and zigzagged with spring streams everywhere. Here the weather changes greatly and the landscape is wonderful.

Site of Lazikou Battle

On September 17, 1935, the Chinese Workers and Peasants Red Army captured Lazikou natural barrier and opened the northwards passage to Shaanxi-Gansu areas. The Lazikou Battle was a famous war the Red Army had during its Long March. Since that the place has become a well-known revolutionary site.

Laka Mountain in Zhugqu

Laka Mountain means the place immortals love in Tibetan. The mountain is located in Zhugqu County on the upper reaches of Bailong River. The mountain has a flat top covered by some 67 hectares of forests surrounded by undulated mountains. The mountain has a beautiful landscape with queer rocks and flying waterfalls hiding among forests. The mountains, forests, grass, rocks, water and streams complement each other.


Guiqing Mountain & Zheyang Mountain Scenic Area in Zhangxian County

In the limestone belt, the Guiqing Mountain has many peaks covered with queer rocks. The forest park here covers an area of 2,133 hectares with lots of primeval forests. The Zheyang Mountain is well known as the Lesser Kongtong Mountain in Minzhou and is composed of West Brook, East Brook and Yimen Hill.

Dragon Palace of Li Family

Situated in Longxi County seat, this palace was built in the early Tang Dynasty and is an ancestral temple for Li family to worship their ancestors. With handwriting of the temple name by Li Shimin, Emperor Taizong of the Tang Dynasty, it is famous both at home and abroad.


Kongtong Mountain

The Kongtong Mountain is the birthplace of Taoism in China. It stands 15 kilometers to the west of Pingliang City. It is respected as the Taoist mountain because Guang Chengzi once cultivated himself on it.

Queen Mother Palace Grottoes in Jingchuan

The palace on Huishan Mountain in Jingchuan County is the birthplace of Queen Mother of the West, the goddess of Taoism. It is also the birthplace of Taoism and the location of ancestral shrine. The grottoes were hewn on the mountain slopes and are one of the famous grottoes along the ancient “Silk Road”.

Longquan Temple in Chongxin

It got its name because a dragon-like cypress tree stands by the spring. The dragon and spring coexist harmoniously and the mountain reflects on the water. This temple scenic area is delicate and is praised as a natural potted landscape of east Gansu.

Southern Grotto Temple

Some 7.5 kilometers to the east of Jingchuan County, the grottoes were hewn in 510 and have a history of some 1,400 years. No. 1 Cave houses seven six-meter-high statues of Buddha. Standing in the same hall, these seven statues are seldom Buddhist artistic treasures of China.


Northern Grotto Temple

This temple was built by Jingzhou inspector during the Northern Wei Period and was repaired or rebuilt in different historical periods. Today the grottoes are the largest with a long history and rich contents in east Gansu areas.

Ancestral Tombs of the Zhou Family

Qingyang is the birthplace of Chinese farming culture. The ancestors of the Zhou family created Chinese farming culture and laid a foundation for the flourishing of Zhou Dynasty (1046-256 B.C.). These tombs are located on the top of the East Hill in Qingcheng County, Qingyang City, and are praised as the first cemetery of the Zhou in China.


Maiji Mountain Scenic Area

This scenic area is composed of four zones: Maiji Mountain, Immortal Cliff, Stone Gate and Quxi and Jiezi. The Maiji Mountain Grottoes is one of the four famous grottoes in China and is known for its excellent clayed statues. Praised as a museum of Oriental sculptures, these grottoes have 194 caves housing more than 7,200 pieces of clayed statues and rock sculptures as well as more than 1,300 square meters of murals.

Fu Xi Temple

On Fuxi Road in Xiguan of Tianshui City, this temple was first built in 1483 and was repaired or rebuilt for nine times. It is the largest among the building complexes built in memory of Fu Xi in the country. “

Dadiwan Cultural Site in Qin'an

This cultural site is located to the northeast of Qin’an County. A larger New Stone Age site, it contains the oldest relics of more than 7,800 years and the latest relics of 4,800 years. With a continuous extension of culture, it ranks the first in six archeological fields of China. Also it has provided plenty rare historical materials for studying the original of Chinese civilization.


Wudu Wanxiang Cave

On the southern bank of Bailong River in Wudu District, Longnan, Wanxiang Cave is a quite large and beautiful karst cave in north China. A typical karst cave, it got its name for it is like Langyuan Immortal Palace, with stalactites in various shapes everywhere.

West Gorge Ode Scenic Area in Chengxian County

Located in the Yuqiao Gorge at the foot of Tianjing Mountain, 13 kilometers to the west of Chengxian County, this scenic area is famous for its cliff carving West Gorge Ode at home and abroad. It leads other two odes in the Han-style calligraphic inscriptions. The carved characters are simple and classical, demonstrating a nice structure and powerful carving. This ode is a gem of calligraphic art.

Guan'e Gully Scenic Area

The Guan’e Gully Scenic Area covers an area of 500 square kilometers. The coverage of forests reaches 75.1 percent. In the gully, there are many lakes and the forests are dense. For its beautiful landscape, the gully is praised as the Lesser Jiu- zhaigou Valley in Gansu.

Yangba Natural Scenic Area in Kangxian County

Yangba Subtropical Ecotour Scenic Area extends for some 50 kilometers. In this area, palm trees have a huge canopy each and the bamboo forests wave in the wind. They made tourists unbelievable to think they are visiting such flourishing forests in northwest China.

Memorial Hall of the Red Army's Long March in Hadapu

In 1935 in Hadapu, the Chinese Workers and Peasants Red Army decided to march into north Shaanxi and establish its revolutionary base there. The Memorial Hall of the Red Army’s Long March is an intact building complex which maintains the greatest amount of revolutionary cultural materials concerning the Long March in Gansu.

Tianchi Lake in Wenxian County

Tianchi Lake in Wenxian County is one of the four famous Tianchi Lakes in China. It has a circumference of 20 kilometers and is 97 meters deep. Its water area reaches 80 hectares. This lake is picturesque with beautiful landscape and has reflections of mountains around.

Recommended Tourist Itineraries

Gansu Selected Tourist Routes

“Silk Road” Tours in Gansu: (Xi’an in Shaaxi) — Tianshui/Pingliang — Dingxi — Lanzhou — Wuwei — Zhangye — Jiuquan — JiayuGuan — Dunhuang — (Urumqi in Xinjiang) 

Shangri-La Tours in South Gansu: Lanzhou — Hezheng — Xiahe — Hezuo — Maqu — Langmu Monastery — (Jiuzhaigou Valley in Sichuan)

Chinese Civilization and Yellow River Customs Tour in Gansu: Lanzhou — Three Gorges of the Yellow River in Yongjing — The first Bend of Yellow River in Maqu — Lanzhou — Stone Forest by the Yellow River in Jingtai — (Shapotou in Zhongwei — Shahu in Yinchuan)

Red Tour in Gansu: Lanzhou — Gannan — Longnan —Dingxi — Baiyin — Qingyang

Ancient Three-Kingdom Historical Ruins Tour in Gansu: Lanzhou — Tianshui — Longnan

Leisure Holiday Tour in Mid-east of Gansu: Lanzhou — Tianshui — Pingliang

Gansu Selected Short Tourist Routes

One-Day Tour: Lanzhou — Three Gorges of the Yellow River in Yongjing

One-Day Tour: Lanzhou — Stone Forest by the Yellow River in Jingtai

Two-Day TourLanzhou — Labrang Monastery in Xiahe 

Two-Day Tour: Tianshui — Pingliang

Two-Day Tour: Tianshui — Longnan

Two-Day Tour: Baoji — Tianshui

Two-Day Tour: Baoji — Pingliang 

Three-Day Tour: Jiuquan/Jiayuguan — Dunhuang

Festivals and Celebrations

Dunhuang Trip-Silk Road International Tourism Culture Festival

Time: In July and August
Venue: All cities and prefectures
What’s on: Comprehensive tourist activities with the theme “Silk Road”

Tianshui Fu Xi Culture and Tourism Festival

Time: On June 22
Venue: Tianshui
What’s on: A sacrificial ceremony of Fu Xi, the first ancestor of culture and the head king of three kings, and cultural and tourist activities

Shamballah Tourism and Cultural Art Festival

Time: In early August
Venue: Gannan
What’s on: To experience Tibetan customs and appreciate grassland landscape

China-Kongtong Taoist Health Assembly in Pingliang

Time: In May
Venue: Pingliang
What’s on: Exploring the birth place of Chinese Taoism and traditional Chinese medicine, experiencing mysterious Kongtong and Pingliang for keeping a good health

China Huining/Qingyang Red Tourism and Culture Festival

Time: In September 9
Venue: Huining County/Huachi County
What’s on: Huining was a place the Chinese Worker and Peasant Red Army forces met after their Long March and Qingyang was the earliest Red political power base in northwest China. This festival aims to carry forward the Long March spirit and popularize Red culture.

Lanzhou Yellow River Water Wheel Tourism and Culture Festival

Time: On August 26
Venue: Lanzhou
What’s on: Experiencing the customs of the provincial capital city along the Yellow River and appreciating the spectacular scene of the capital of water wheels

Tourist Information


Beef noodles of Lanzhou: Lanzhou beef noodles is famous as the first fast food in China. Noodles are cooked with the quality yak meat soup from the Gannan Plateau, featuring clear, white, red, green and yellow colors.

Dunhuang dishes: The dishes from Dunhuang lead the new eight cuisines in China for its elegant quality and new cooking skill. Its main dishes include uCamel Palm of Silk Road”, “Three Rabbits Going to the Moon” and “Goddess Spreads Flower”.

Mutton Eaten with Fingers from Dongxiang: This dish is a traditional one from northwest China. It can be found in various places in Shaanxi but that from Dongxiang, Gansu is without smell of mutton. The mutton is from the sheep of only 8-12 months old. The white mutton is tender and delicious.

In addition, there are roasted chicken from Jingning, yellow noodles with donkey meat from Dunhuang, apricot drink, Lanzhou food cooked in casserole, cold noodles, porridge of pea and dates, buckwheat noodles from Tianshui, cured meat from Longxi and fish-shaped noodles from Zhangye.


Gansu is famous for its luminous wine cups, Taoping inkstones, carved gourds, waist knife from Bao’an, stone carvings from Jiayuguan, hairy camels from Dunhuang, silk blankets, tourist arts and crafts from Dunhuang, lily from Lanzhou, nutritious drink (containing longan, date, Chinese wolfberry, medicinal herbs, etc.), Longjing tea from Kangxian County, and other local products.


Gansu boasts many cultural and leisure grounds for people to entertain themselves, especially in Lanzhou. Through thousands of years, Lanzhou has cultivated colorful Yellow River and “Silk Road” cultures and has developed its unique cultural and artistic styles. Here people can enjoy the unique and traditional Qin Opera, Long Opera, the martial art from Kongtong, shadow play from east Gansu, Taiping drum dance,and Dunhuang music and dance.


Gansu, in a long and narrow region, has a varied climate. The southeast part is warm and humid, central and western parts are dry with little rain. The temperature difference between day and night is big. The central and eastern parts are not hot in summer and not cold in winter and are an ideal place to go in summer and a wonderful place to stay for leisure in winter and spring.

The Monthly Average Temperature Tablet of Main Tourism City In Gansu

City Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec.
Lanzhou -6.8℃ -2.1℃ 5.5℃ 12.0℃ 17.0℃ 20.7℃ 22.6℃ 21.2℃ 16.1℃ 9.8℃ 1.6℃ 5.4℃
Dunhuang -9.4℃ -4.1℃ 4.9℃ 12.4℃ 18.3℃ 23.0℃ 25.0℃ 23.8℃ 17.0℃ 8.7℃ -0.2℃ -7.1℃
Jiayuguan -9.7℃ -6.3℃ 1.6℃ 9.7℃ 16.5℃ 20.5℃ 23.1℃ 21.8℃ 15.7℃ 7.9℃ -0.8℃ -7.8℃
Jiuquan -9.2℃ -5.2℃ 2.6℃ 9.9℃ 16.2℃ 20.9℃ 22.8℃ 21.4℃ 15.6℃ 8.2℃ -1.0℃ -7.8℃
Tianshui -2.6℃ 0.2℃ 6.3℃ 11.7℃ 17.7℃ 21.1℃ 23.3℃ 21.7℃ 16.3℃ 11.3℃ 3.9℃ -1.8℃
Xiahe -12.0℃ -10.1℃ -0.8℃ -2.0℃ 5.0℃ 7.0℃ 12.0℃ 15.0℃ 10.0℃ -5.0℃ -8.0℃ -10.0℃