Top ChoiceNoodles in Lanzhou

Mazilu Beef Noodles

In business since 1954, this place has locals flocking here for steaming bowls of the city's most well-known export: spicy hand-pulled noodles. Join the queue inside the door and ask for niúròu miàn (牛肉面). You'll...

Market in Lanzhou

Zhengning Lu Night Market

One of Lanzhou's best night markets, this small pedestrian street is lined with vendors on both sides cooking up all manner of Silk Road delights. The mix of Hui, Han and Uyghur stalls offer everything from...

Noodles in Lanzhou

Mazilu Beef Noodles

This very handy branch of the famed Mazilu Beef Noodles is a chopstick's throw from the train station, serving up simply delicious and very filling spicy hand-pulled noodles (拉面, lāmiàn). Ask for niúròu miàn...

Buddhist Site in Lanzhou

White Pagoda Temple

This temple, built during the Yuan dynasty (1206–1368) for a fallen Tibetan monk, stands on a hilltop in lovely White Pagoda Park (白塔山公园, Báitǎ Shān Gōngyuán) on the northern bank of the Yellow River and provides...

Noodles in Lanzhou

Mǎlǎolìu Niúròumiàn

Overseen by a vivid and almost surreal painting of the statue Mother of the Yellow River, this brisk Muslim place serves up healthy and steaming bowls of filling and satisfying beef noodles. It looks cheap and...

Museum in Lanzhou

Gansu Provincial Museum

This museum has an intriguing collection of Silk Road artefacts with English descriptions, including inscribed Han-dynasty wooden tablets used to relay messages along the Silk Road, and dinosaur skeletons. The...

Taoist Temple in Lanzhou

White Cloud Temple

Originally founded in the 8th century, this expansive, much rebuilt and active Taoist temple features five halls and was among the most important Quanzhen-order temples during the Qing dynasty. The Jade Emperor...

Bridge in Lanzhou

Zhongshan Bridge

OK, so it's not the world's most beautiful bridge, but this steel bridge (named after Sun Zhongshan) is a Lanzhou landmark and, when backlit by White Pagoda Temple each evening, the Yellow River never looked...

Antiques in Lanzhou

Chénghuáng Miào

The gods probably would not approve, but this former house of Taoist worship has been turned into one of Lanzhou’s most atmospheric shopping venues. Vendors sell everything from Mao kitsch to tea sets, pottery,...

Historic Site in Lanzhou

Water Wheel Park

Lanzhou is the only city centre in China that the Yellow River flows through and these massive wooden copies of irrigation devices alongside the river give a taste of what once lined the banks. They have been...

Market in Lanzhou

Hezheng Lu Food Street

Not so much a market as a busy section of street extending from Tianshui Nanlu to Pingliang Lu, which is stuffed with all manner of steaming open-air stalls and restaurants serving barbecued meats, dumplings,...