Visiting the Beautiful Lanzhou
2014-01-26 Ada Tours Lanzhou 1707
Lanzhou is a beautiful modern city with both the grand beauty of northern cities and the prettiness of southern cities with mountains in the south and north of the city and the Yellow River flowing from the east to the west.
Chengguan, Qilihe, Xigu, Honggu and Anning are the five districts comprising the city's downtown.
Chengguan District, situated in eastern Lanzhou, is the center of politics, economy, culture, scientific research and transportation. In the northwestern area, Anning District is the economic development zone as well as the area where most colleges are located. Zhongxin Square, also named Dongfanghong Square is the largest in the city situated in the central area of the city. There is Dongfanghong Department Store in the south, Guofang Shopping Center in the east and Lanzhou Gym sitting in the west. The square is the daily entertainment place for local people and is also an ideal shopping area for tourists. The popular commercial streets are mainly Qingyang Road, Zhongshan Road, Jiuquan Road, Zhangye Road, Yongchang Road, Qin'an Road, Longxi Road and Linxia Road.
The Landscape along the Yellow River should not be missed, as Lanzhou is the only provincial city through which the Mother River runs. Whether you choose to roam along the River, to cross the First Bridge over the Yellow River, or to have a cup of eight auspicious teas at the Waterwheel Park, you will be impressed by this city with its harmonious combination of the modern and the old. The Yellow River Bridge has connected the transport hub of Lanzhou to the mainland and northwest since the Ming Dynasty when people began to envisage such a crossing to conquer the Yellow River.
While the natural parks around the city such as Yantan Park and Shifogou National Forest Park will restore and refresh you, the White Pagoda Park and the Five-Spring Mountain Park will give you an understanding of the cultural side of Lanzhou. The Five Spring Mountain Park was built at the northern side of Gaolan Mountain, is famous for it's five springs and several Buddhist temples.
The Yellow River runs through the city, ensuring rich crops of many juicy and fragrant fruits. Lanzhou beef lamian noodles, the root of the lily, and many different kinds of mutton all feature into Lanzhou's distinct food culture. Of which, the most well-known food is Lanzhou beef lamian noodles. Ask any Chinese person what the city of Lanzhou is famous for, and they immediately give the same answer, and that’s Lanzhou beef lamian. Lanzhou beef lamian, or Lanzhou beef hand-pulled noodle, is a type of Chinese noodle dish originated in Lanzhou, China, and generally popular in China. It is referred to as "beef noodle" or "beef big bowl” in Lanzhou.
Besides the stunning attractions, the hospitable locals, multifarious restaurants, cheap yet delicious snacks, and convenient transportation system will all ensure that you get a memorable trip in this tolerant and placid city. You may have experienced the grand beauty of northern cities and the prettiness of southern cities, but here in Lazhou, you can feel both.