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Lanzhou Travel Tips

Lanzhou is the capital city of Northwest China’s Gansu province where there is large population of Muslims. Historically, Lanzhou has been one of the most important cities on the Silk Road and Muslims have been inhabited in Lanzhou since ancient times. Lanzhou is also very close to Linxia, a city nicknamed China’s Mecca by Chinese Muslims. IslamiChina has summarized the following Lanzhou Muslim travel tips to our Muslim brothers and sisters to travel Lanzhou during a short period of time.

Tour Itinerary Planning

For Muslim Business Travelers If you are in Lanzhou for a business trip and you have one day free to travel around Lanzhou, you are suggested to have a day trip to Linxia, a city named by Chinese Muslim as China’s Mecca. The driving from Lanzhou to Linxia is fantastic as you will drive along the loess plateau and you will find hundreds of different styled mosques on the way. In Linxia, you can visit Mosques of various schools.

For Muslim leisure travelers

3 Days and 2 Nights Lanzhou Muslim Tour is the best choice for Muslim leisure travelers because this tour itinerary allows you to have enough time to know both Lanzhou’s culture heritages as well as Muslim heritages. You are not in a hurry to get around Lanzhou from one place to another. Please check IslamiChina’s Lanzhou Muslim Tour 3 Days for details.


4-star Savoy City Hotel is located in the city center of Lanzhou. This hotel is Muslim owned and all restaurants including Western and Chinese restaurants serve Halal food.

Halal Restaurants in Lanzhou

Lanzhou is one of the cities in China where you can easily find Halal restaurants. The most populous Halal food, Lanzhou Beef Noodles, originated here. You can find Beef Noodles restaurants almost in every corner of Lanzhou.

Mosques in Lanzhou

Since there is such a large Muslim population in Lanzhou, you can find mosques in every district of Lanzhou. Once you see a dome style building, it must be a mosque. Among all the mosques in Lanzhou, Xiguan Mosque which is in Arabian style, is the most famous mosque in Lanzhou.

Money Exchange

You can exchange traveler's checks or cash at most banks, and most 5-star and 4-star hotels always have a money exchange counter. You can also get a cash advance on your credit card on ATM machine. The exchange rate all over China are the same fixed by Bank of China. To change money, you have to have your passport at hand. If you want to change money in a hotel, you usually have to be a guest there. Sometimes if you are not a guest in a hotel but need to change money there, you can just say a random room number, but this doesn't always work. Remember to keep the exchange slip well because you need this slip to change the Chinese Yuan back to your currency if you do have this need at the end of the tour. At present, the RMB is not exchangeable on the International market, so it is only usable within the country. So when you are changing money, don't change too much, because it is difficult to change back into other currencies. To change RMB back into your home currency, you must retain the exchange slips that are given to you at the bank or money exchange counter.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 June 2013 16:26