Gānsù Provincial Museum

Lonely Planet review

This sparkling museum has an intriguing collection of Silk Road artefacts, including inscribed Han- dynasty wooden tablets used to relay messages along the Silk Road. The graceful Eastern Han (25 BC–AD 220) bronze horse galloping upon the back of a swallow is known as the Flying Horse of Wǔwēi. Unearthed at Léitái, it has been reproduced across northwestern China. Among other items on view are Persian coins, some lovely Bodhisattva statues from Tiāntīshān and a collection of dinosaur skeletons. Bus 1, which departs from the train station, goes here.