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China travel guide

China - Gansu (Chapter)

14th Edition May 2015

This is the Gānsù chapter from Lonely Planet’s China guidebook.

Synonymous with the Silk Road, the slender province of Gānsù flows east to west along the Héxī Corridor, the gap through which all manner of goods once streamed from China to Central Asia. The constant flow of commerce left Buddhist statues, beacon towers, forts, chunks of the Great Wall and ancient trading towns in its wake.

  • visit the extraordinary Mògāo Caves
  • maps
  • explore the Buddha Caves at the Horse Hoof Monastery, Mǎtí Sì
  • transport
  • camp out amid the vast dunes of the Singing Sands Mountain near Dūnhuáng
  • restaurants & accommodation

Coverage includes: Lánzhōu, Línxià, Xiàhé & around, Hézuò, Lángmùsì, Héxī Corridor, Wǔwēi, Zhāngyè, Mǎtí Sì, Jiāyùguān & around, Dūnhuáng & around, Tiānshuǐ & around, and Píngliáng.

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