Lanzhou is a capital city of Gansu province of China. It was an important Ancient Silk Road crossed point of Yellow River. It is the regional communication and transportation hub since the ancient times.

The city of Lanzhou lays the central section of Gansu province. Its’ covered and area of 1631.6 square kilometres.


Lanzhou is over 2,000 year’s old city along the Hexi Corridor on the eastern and crucial stretch of the Silk Road. Lanzhou originally belongs to Western Qiang People, and became part of Qin territory in the 6th Century BC. After the fall of the Han Dynasty, Lanzhou became the capital of a succession of tribal states. Lanzhou became the seat of Lanzhou under the Sui Dynasty (581-618), and retained the name in Tang Dynasty (618-907). In 763, the area overrun by Tibetans and recovered by Tang Dynasty in 843. Later it overrun by Western Xia Dynasty and subsequently recovered by the Song Dynasty (960-1126) in 1041. Under the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), the prefecture was demoted to a county and controlled under the administration of Lintao superior prefecture. It was established as a political unit in 1477. Lanzhou gained its current name in 1656 during the Qing Dynasty after the Gansu became separate province in 1666 then the Lanzhou became its capital.


3.2 million people lives in Lanzhou of which 2.07 million lives in urban area. This population consist of Han, Hui, Baoan, Dongxiang, Tibetan, Uyghur, Sala and many more.

Scenic Spots

Maiji Caves to the east, Bingling Thousand Buddha Caves to the West, Labrang Monastery to the South and Dunhuang Mogao Caves to the North.

Lanzhou Weather

Lanzhou has semi-arid climate, characterised by dryness and abundant sunlight. Average annual temperature is 10.3, July considered hottest month of the yea r, average temperature for the month is 22.2 C, while the January is considered coldest month of the year, average temperature of the month is 6.9C, annual precipitation is 331mm.

Lanzhou Yearly Average Temperature by Month
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average Maximum Temperature (ºC) 1.5 5.4 12.1 19.2 23.9 27.1 29.0 27.9 22.0 16.6 8.9 2.3
Average Temperature(ºC) -6.1 -2.0 5.0 11.7 16.8 20.1 22.1 21.0 15.7 9.7 1.9 -4.8
Average Minimum Temperature (ºC) -11.3 -7.2 -0.4 5.5 10.4 13.6 16.2 15.4 10.9 4.7 -2.6 -9.4
Rainfall  (mm) 1.1 2.4 8.9 19.1 38.2 36.8 57.4 75.9 46.3 24.4 4.5 1.1

Lanzhou Attractions

Lanzhou Map