Archeological records indicate that the first humans began to settle around the ancient city of Lanzhou about 5,000 years ago. It was established as a prefecture during the Western Han Dynasty, and named Jincheng, or "strong fort". The city received its existing name during the early years of the Sui Dynasty, and in 1666, during the reign of Qing Dynasty Emperor Kangxi, it was made capital of Gansu Province.
Its favorable geographical location ensured Lanzhou rose to prominence as a commercial hub for central China during the Han Dynasty. With the flourishing of the Silk Road during the Tang and Song Dynasties, the city assumed a more important role than ever.
Keeping on budget is one of the main challenges when backpacking through China. This is a list of Lanzhou’s best hostels to help you sleep easy, knowing you are on budget.
The China Highway Music Festival will be taking place over the national holiday in Dunhuang County from October 4-5.
The Wiener Johann Strauss Classical Music Group will be performing in Lanzhou on December 26 at the Gansu Grand Theater for a New Year’s concert.
Lanzhou will restrict the number of cars on the road between November 17 and January 10 2014 in an attempt to combat heavy pollution.
Canadian rockers Your Favorite Enemies are set to light up Lanzhou’s Kui Live House on April 14.
Situated as it is in the center of the province, Lanzhou is the transportation hub of Gansu. Thus it is accessible by extensive road and rail links that radiate in all directions. Its five national highways include Highways 109, 212, 213, 310 and 312.
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