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Top Choice Noodles in Lánzhōu

Mǎzilù 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 (拉面; lāmiàn). Join the queue inside the door and ask for niúròu miàn (牛肉…
Market in Lánzhōu

Zhengning Lu Night Market

One of Lánzhōu'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 goat’s h…
Museum in Lánzhōu

Gānsù 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 gracef…
Buddhist Site in Lánzhōu

White Pagoda Temple

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

Water Wheel Park

Lánzhōu is the only city centre that the Yellow River flows through and these massive wooden copies of irrigation devices give a taste of what once lined the banks. They have been turned into a pleasant, if small, r…
Antiques in Lánzhōu

Chénghuáng Miào

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

Néngrénjù

At this Běijīng-style shùan yángròu (涮羊肉; traditional lamb hotpot) restaurant, the pot of broth costs ¥25, after which you can add sliced mutton (¥30), greens (¥10) and various other dishes. The restaurant is about …
Bridge in Lánzhōu

Zhōngshān Bridge

Okay, so it's not the world's most beautiful bridge, but it's a Lánzhōu landmark and, when backlit by White Pagoda Temple each evening, the Yellow River never looked better.
Market in Lánzhōu

Hezheng Lu Night Market

Not so much a market as a busy section of street extending from Tianshui Nanlu to Pingliang Lu, here you'll find all manner of open-air stalls and restaurants serving barbecue and local specialities.
Taoist Temple in Lánzhōu

White Cloud Temple

Founded in the 8th century, this largely rebuilt Taoist temple features five halls and was among the most important Quanzhen-order temples during the Qing dynasty.