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Where and what to buy in Lanzhou

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011
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Lanzhou is one of the best places to pick up some local products and handcrafts during your short trip. You may what local products and handcrafts Lanzhou has. Well, I have summed up some of the popular local products in Lanzhou below for your reference:
1. Lily
Lanzhou produces very good lilies, sweet and thick, highly therapeutic and precious.
2. Bailan melon
The Bailan melon is a locally famous type of melon grown near Lanzhou. The melons were said to be introduced to China by a Mr. Wallace, Vice president of the United States, who donated melon seeds to the locals while visiting in the 1940s.
3. Roses
Lanzhou people have a long history of growing roses. Lanzhou’s Kushui Township in Yongdeng County grows the best roses in China. The reserve of rose-oil is in the first place. It can be about 80% of Chinese output.
4. Apricot
Of the all fruits Lanzhou produces, apricots in Lanzhou are considered one of the best local fruits with over 20 species. The local apricots are not only served as eatible fruits, they are alos used by Chinese medicine and industry.
5. Aweto (Chinese herbal medicines)
Its name in Chinese dong chong xia cao  means “winter worm, summer grass”. Many shops in downtown Lanzhou advertise Dong chong xia cao – Aweto.
6. water pipe smoke
During ing Dynasty ( 1644 -1911), the  water-pipe tobacco, near Lanzhou, became something of a fad among the locals. Now many Lanzhou people still keep the tradition of water pipe smoking. It is said that water pipe smoking is good for health, helping digest, cooling…
7. Ceramic Pan
The earthenware pot is very famous in China. It is a practical kitchen appliance, cooking rice porridge, fried eggs…
8.  ‎Nesting vase
It is a kind of arts of glassware in Lanzhou. It has a history of over 100 years dating back to the end of Qing Dynasty.
9.  Handicraft
Paper-cut designs, scent bags, Yellow River windmills, shadow puppets show and Taiping drums are very typical handicrafts in Lanzhou and other parts of Gansu Province. 
There are many shopping streets in the city of Lanzhou. The best places to do shopping are ZHangye Pedestrian Street and Chenghuang Miao Antique Market.
What Zhangye Pedestrain Street is to Lanzhou is similar to what Wangfujing Street to Beijing. It is a famous pedestrian street in Lanzhou. This commercial road has a long history with rich cultural heritage dating back to Song Dynasty ( 960-1276 ). It was the main avenue in the ancient walled city during the reign of Song Dynasty.

Lanzhou Shopping, Zhengye Pedestrian Street

Lanzhou Chenghuang Miao Antique Market is not to be missed, located in the north side of the miidle section of Zhangye Road ( No.224, Zhangye Road ). The Town God Temple turned antique market gathers all kinds of ancient arts and crafts, Chinese Painting and Calligraphy and antiques collected from the non-governmental circles.

Lanzhou Antique Market

Where to stay in Lanzhou

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011
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As the capital city of Gansu, one of the less developed provinces in China, Lanzhou doesn’t possess many luxury hotels. At the time of my writing, no international chain hotels are available in the city of Lanzhou.

Mid-range hotels, like 4 or 3 stars take a large share of the market in Lanzhou. In the past few years, Lanzhou has seen the fast growing of express hotels such Hanting Inn and Hotels, Jinjiang Inn, Home Inn, Green Tree Inn…

If you travel on a budget, these kinds of express hotels mentioned above are highly recommended. They are clean, cheap and equipped with in-house fast internet.

If you don’t have your laptop on hand, you may go to the compact lobby, such as the lobby of Hanting Inns, they often put two free computers in the lobby for people to use, to surf and to print.


Gansu Sunshine Plaza ( 5 star )
Lanzhou Sunshine Plaza is the only 5 start hotel in Lanzhou at the moment. It is located at No. 428 Qingyang Road, Chengguan District, Lanzhou. Qingyang Road is the main avenue running from east to west, east of the Dong Fang Hong Square in the center of the city center of Lanzhou. Lanzhou Sunshine Plaza is situated at the western tip of Qingyang Road.

Qingyang Road  parallels Zhangye Pedestrian Street to its north. Walking toward the north direction, you’ll easily get to  Zhongshan Bridge.

All the 189 guestrooms and suites are equipped with IDD telephones, satellite TV channels, and broadband Internet access.

Add: No. 428 Qingyang Road, Chengguan District, Lanzhou
Post Code: 730030
Tel: 0086 931 4608888

Lanzhou Legend Hotel (4 star)

This is a 4 star hotel that most of the leisure or business travelers would like to choose to use for their first trip to Lanzhou. Lanzhou legend Hotel is centrally located at 599, Tianshui Road, Lanzhou, by the crossroad formed by north-south Tianshui Road and east -west Donggang Xilu.

Walk down to the south from Lanzhou Legend Hotel along Tianshui Road, you will soon get to Lanzhou Railway Station.   The two Lanzhou bar streets – Gannan Road and Maijishan Road, are just one and two blocks south of Lanzhou Lengend Hotel.

Walk along Donggang Xilu, you soon pass by Jin Jiang Sun Hotel, then come across Dongfang Square, the heart of Lanzhou. Again you walk towards the west, soon you will be Qingyang Road, in which the 5 star hotel Gangsu Sunshine Hotel.

Add: 599, Tianshui Road, Lanzhou Gansu Province, China
Post Code: 730000
Tel: 86-931-8532888

Below are some of the pictures taken during my stay at Lanzhou legend Hotel.

Exterior of Lanzhou legend Hotel


Exterior of Lanzhou legend Hotel


The Lobby of the Lanzhou legend Hotel


The Lobby of the Lanzhou legend Hotel


Standard room at Lanzhou Legendy Hotel.


Standard room at Lanzhou Legendy Hotel.


Room Facilities

Room Facilities

Washing Room

Washin gRoom

Jin Jiang Sun Hotel Lanzhou ( 4 star )
Jin Jiang Sun Hotel is next to Lanzhou legend Hotel,  589 Donggang Xilu, Lanzhou. Opposite to  Jinjiang Sun Hotel is termnal for the shuttle buses at  the Lanzhou Zhongchuan Airport. The hotel’s central location is ideal for easy access to Lanzhou’s international exhibition center, Parkson Shopping Center and major transportation hubs such as the train station and airport.
Add: 589 Donggang Xilu, Lanzhou
tel: 0931-8805511
Part of the exterior of JJ Sun Hotel Lanzhou


Part of the exterior of JJ Sun Hotel Lanzhou


Reception Desk of JJ Sun Hotel


Reception Desk of JJ Sun Hotel



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How to enjoy nightlife in Lanzhou

Monday, August 8th, 2011
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So you are in Lanzhou! Or maybe you are thinking of making a business or leisure travel to Lanzhou. One thing may linger in your mind: does Lanzhou have nightlife considering a city in northeast China perched on the loess plateau. The answer is yes! In addition, the nightlife of Lanzhou will surely surpass your expectation.

Having a night stroll on Zhongshan Bridge or along the southern bank of Yellow River
The night view of Lanzhou is very brilliant, especially in the area along the banks of Yellow River cutting through the city of Lanzhou. When nightfall starts, just take a cab or walk to the banks of the Yellow River. The lit banks of the Yellow is dubbed as”Manhattan” in the city of New York of USA.

Night View of Zhongshan Bridge

Zhengning Road Night Snack Market

Zhengning Road Night Food Street is located in the center of Lanzhou city, actually a side lane of Zhengning Road. Zhengning Lu Night Snack Market ( 正宁路小吃夜市) is a narrow lane running from east to west adjoining Zhengning Road and Jinchang Road in Lanzhou.

Zhengning Road Night Snack Market

Lanzhou Bar Streets
If you are interested in killing your night time drinking at bars or pubs, Lanzhou will not let you down. Lanzhou have two bar streests – Gannan Street (甘南路) and Maijishan Road (麦积山路).


Chocolate Bar & Coffee

Zhangye Pedestrian Street 
If you would like to do shooping in the evening, you may go to Zhengye Street. What Zhangye Road is to Lanzhou is similar to what Wangfujing Street to Beijing. It is a famous pedestrian street in Lanzhou. This commercial road has a long history with rich cultural heritage

Further Readings

Lanzhou Tour
Gansu Tour
Top 10 Attractions in Lanzhou
Top 10 Places in Gansu
How to Enjoy Nightlife in Lanzhou
Lanzhou Zhangye Road Pedestrian Street
Zhengning Road Night Snack Market in Lanzhou
Lanzhou Bar Street
Lanzhou Antique Market
Lanzhou Waterwheel Park
Lanzhou Zhongshan Bridge
Lanzhou City Layout
How to visit Gansu Museum
Lanzhou Yintan Wetland Park
Lanzhou Zhongchuan Airport
Lanzhou Railway Station
Lanzhou Xiguan Mosque
Where to stay in Lanzhou
Yellow River, the Mother River of China

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