Lanzhou Facts

Lanzhou Facts

By Ruru ZhouUpdated May. 17, 2021

Name: Lanzhou (兰州; Lánzhōu /lan-zhow/)
Meaning: 'Orchid Prefecture'
Previous names: Jincheng (Gold City), Yunwu, Lanzhuan


Transportation from Lanzhou to neighboring cities and TibetTransportation from Lanzhou to neighboring cities and Tibet

Main Attractions


The city was once a Silk Road route crossing point on the Yellow River. A bridge built on boats once spanned it. Now it is an inland industrial center and a transportation hub for trains and expressways.


Location Information


Known for smog, Yellow River pollution, and dust storms.



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