The Gansu Provincial Museum

The Gansu Provincial Museum, covering a total area of 16.5 acres, is the most impressive museum in the province. It is one of the best sights in the city, so a visit is well worthwhile. The museum complex is made up of three separate buildings linked by corridors, and further divided into two sections: a natural resources section downstairs and historical exhibits upstairs.

 The Gansu Provincial Museum (Gansusheng bowuguan)The Gansu Provincial Museum (Gansusheng bowuguan)

There are altogether thirteen exhibiting halls here housing famous historical relics, minority relics and a number of rare or extinct animal specimens. Among the most interesting exhibitions or relics are listed below. The museum's exhibitions are all in English. The bronze Galloping Horse of Gansu, a 1,800 years old statue discovered only thirty years ago in a small town called Wuwei. The 14cm-tall horse, with its procession of chariots and horses behind, recently made a tour of the US and Canada.

The exhibition of the Silk Road contains many treasures including Neolithic painted pottery that was excavated from the town of Dadiwan, whose ancient civilization is believed to span back to some 7,000 years.

Also of interest are Han Dynasty 206 BC-220 AD) Wooden Tablets, once used to relay messages along the road. A one and a half meter high statue of a Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD) warrior, made of a colored and then glazed earthenware. A gilded silver plate that portrays Bacchus, the Greek god of wine, that dates back to some 2,000 years from the Eastern Roman Empire. .Finally, among those which can traced back into prehistoric presentations, the 4m-tall Mammoth, whose remains were excavated from the Yellow River basin in 1973, is a fearsome sight.

3 Xijin Xi Lu (Xijin West Road), Lanzhou.

How to get there: Both bus No.1 and 31 take you there. The museum is directly across the street from the Friendship Hotel.

Opening hours: 9:00am-noon and 2:30pm-5pm. Closed on Sunday.

Cost: RMB25.

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