Fighting back the Sands
At first glance Dunhuang looks like your average medium sized Chinese town, but this is a settlement with a unique history. An ancient oasis town lying on the old silk road, Dunhuang  was once bustling trading crossroads and today is a city of huge archaeological significance.
A Splendid Mosque, A School for Muslims
Originally built in the 14th century, Lanzhou Xiguan Mosque, the largest mosque in Lanzhou, northwest China's Gansu province is much more than a place of worship. In addition to welcoming almost 4,000 Muslims to Jumu'ah, a congregational prayer that Muslims hold every Friday afternoon; it is also a school providing both higher and primary education for Muslim girls and for cultivating male Muslim clerics and talents.
Flavors of Lanzhou
The cuisine of Lanzhou in Gansu Province is famous for its strong flavor, which is popular in northwest China and Central Asia. Usually seasoned with pepper powder, garlic and chili, Lanzhou cuisine is enjoyed by many Chinese, especially those from the northern part of the country.
For Lanzhou locals, a big bowl of hand-pulled beef noodles is a must for breakfast. Many beef noodle restaurants crowded with people enjoying their food can be seen along the busy city streets.
An Opera Never Fades
Floating out melodiously with deep, subtle strength, Lanzhou Guzi opera attracts you from heart to soul. It tells love and historical stories, and tells of happiness, sorrow, joy and anger.
Dating back to as far as the early Qing Dynasty, Guzi, the local opera in Lanzhou, northwest China's Gansu province, has been passed on from mouth to mouth for about 400 years.
Lingming Temple--A Mix of Traditional Chinese Culture and Islamic Elements
Originally built at the end of Qing Dynasty, Lingming Temple in Lanzhou, Gansu Province occupies about 9,100 square meters and features both traditional Chinese and Islamic elements.
Luxury Brands Enter Less Developed Northwest
Many global luxury brands have entered main cities and coastal areas in China and seen considerable sales, benefiting from Chinese people's ever-growing living standards and consumption demand.
At present, such famous brands have cast their eyes on the country's less developed northwest region. Some of them have gained considerable ground in Lanzhou, capital city of Gansu Province.

Snow Scenery at Jiayu Pass Scenic Spot
Photo taken on Dec. 21, 2012 shows a gate tower of the Jiayu Pass scenic spot after snowfall in Jiayuguan City, northwest China's Gansu Province.

Desert Scenery
Built during the West Han Dynasty (206 A.D.-9 B.C.), Hecang City was a significant military storehouse for soldiers garrisoning at Yangguan Pass, Yumen Pass and the Great Wall.

The Savage Beauty of Central China's Huangtu Plateau
Its rigid yet majestic landscape still attracts numerous visitors who come in search of its historical relics and natural vistas.

Scenery of Populus Euphratica Forests in Jiuquan
Photo taken on Oct. 23, 2012 shows the autumn scenery of populus euphratica forests in Changma Township of Jiuquan City.
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• Lanzhou Guzi
Dating back as far as the early Qing Dynasty, Lanzhou Guzi, the local ballad of Lanzhou, the capital of northwest China's Gansu province, has been passed on from mouth to mouth for about 400 years. Going through ups and downs, this art form has survived, but faces an uncertain future.
• Latvian Student in Lanzhou
Jana Danica, 26, is a Latvian student at Lanzhou University. She has studied Chinese for 6 and half years and after studying and living in China for almost three years, she says Chinese has become the biggest love of her life.
• Islamic Culture In Lanzhou
If you don't know the local Islamic culture, you can't say you know Lanzhou. Prayers resound through Lanzhou every Friday afternoon as local Muslims gather for congregational prayer, or as Muslim people call it, Jumu'ah.
 
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• The Battle to Save the Mogao Caves from the Desert
A team of experts have been fighting to prevent China's world heritage site from encroaching desert

• Saving Lanzhou Guzi
Residents of China's Western city of Lanzhou fight to preserve a traditional form of singing

• Lanzhou Beef Noodles
CRI looks at the story of one restaurant producing the city's famous noodles.

• Luxury Brands Head Northwest
Brands such as Dior and Cartier open stores in China's poor Northwest.
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About Gansu

Located in the upper reaches of the Yellow River, northwest China, Gansu is one of the cradles of Chinese cultures. It occupies a total area of 450,000 square kilometers (173,700 square miles). With a population of about 30 million, Gansu has a multinational population which includes ethnic minority groups of Hui, Kazak, Mongolian, Tibetan, Dongxiang, Tu and Manchu. They mutually influence each other in the fields of economics, politics and culture and hold close ties with the Han people. They have thus developed a unique cultural community.

Lanzhou, a well-known ancient city in China, is the capital of Gansu. It is the second largest city in northwest China, and also the political, economic and cultural center of the province.

With a long history and brilliant cultures, Gansu is abundantly endowed with cultural relics and natural scenery. Vast and graceful natural scenery like endless desert and pure glacial landscape presents an impressive and breath-taking picture before your eyes. CRI reporters will lead you to understand more about Gansu in religion, art, economy, culture and architecture. 

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