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Lanzhou Travel Guide

Situated in the middle of the of Gansu Province, Lanzhou, the capital of Gansu Province, has a history of more than 2,000 years with 13 thousand square kilometers in area and a population of 2.58 million. Known in ancient times as Jincheng (Golden City), Lanzhou was incorporated as Jincheng Prefecture during the Han Dynasty. It used to be of strategic importance on the ancient Silk Road. Huo Qubing, the famous general of the Han Dynasty, stationed his troops here and Xuan Zang (602-664), the eminent Buddhist monk of the Tang Dynasty, also passed through this place on his pilgrimage way to India. Nowadays, the city is the hub of Longhai ( Lianyungang-Lanzhou) , Lanxin ( Lanzhou-Xinjiang), and Lanqing ( Lanzhou-Qinghai) railways. Situated in the heart of continental China, it is known as the "capital of hinterland China". As a modern petrochemical industrial powerhouse, a science research center, and a land of melons and fruits, Lanzhou has emerged as a commercial and trade center in northwest China. Its main industries include oil-refinery, chemicals, machinery, non-ferrous, metallurgy, woollen textile and electric power. It is also the center of tourism of the entire Gansu Province. The traditional tourist attractions include the green corridor of Binghe Road (stretching all the way from the Sun Yat-sen Bridge, the White Pagoda Mountain, and the Waterwheel Garden to the Statue of Mother Yellow River), the Bingling Temple, the Provincial Museum, the Lanshan Park. The three parks of Mt. Wuquan, Mt. Baita and Mt. Xinglong are the most famous summer resort places in China. Lutusi ancient government is the most complete ancient palace building that has survived through China's long history.

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