Lying in Yongjing COunty with half a day's distance from Lanzhou via car, Bingling Monastery is one of the best-preserved collections of Buddhist cave art in all of China.
The ride from Lanzhou is pleasurable with vast corn fields, improbably fertile soil among riverbeds and distinctive red-caly banks carved by the incessant river current.
There are 183 grotto niches displaying 679 stone figues and 82 caly figures in addition to more than 900 square meters of murals. The highest statue is 27 meters while the smallest one is only 20 centimeters.
Construction on the first of the 183 caves began in 366 AD and continued for a thousand year. Most of them were carved during the Tang Dynasty.
Corridor along Binhe Road
The area otherwise called as Binhe Park is the newly constructed waterfront scenic area.
it runs from the Yantan Old Bridge in the east to the Xiuchuan Hetan in the west, over
20 kilometers long. Along this beautiful strip, visitors can find many fascinating places
of interest including the elegant gardens of south china, delicate sculptures,
willow-embraced pavilions, corridors and so on.
Bridge on the Yellow River
At the foot of the Baita Mountain, the Iron Bridge is the symbol of Lanzhou City for its
majestic looks and uniqueness. The bridge was first built under the reign of the Ming Dynasty.
The Qing rulers expanded and reconstructed the bridge to its current size and style at the cost
of huge funds.The bridge is 250 meters long and 8 meters wide and is the first bridge over the
Yellow River Mother Sculpture
This sculpture is the best of its kind in China. The whole sculpture contains that of a mother
and a baby. The mother with long hair, slim figure, lying on the undulate water looks happy and kind.
On her breast hold a small kid who bear naive smile. The sculpture connotes that the Yellow River has
nourished generations of Chinese.
The Water-wheel Park at the west side of the Binhe Road, to the west of the Yellow River Mother
Sculpture, is another highlight along the Yellow River in the city. The unique-shaped Water Wheel has a
long history and the first reference to it appeared in the Ming Dynasty. It is an ancient device that
uses flowing or falling water to create power by means of a set of paddles mounted around a wheel.
The force of the water moved the paddles, and the consequent rotation of
the wheel is transmitted to machinery via the shaft of the wheel. The Water-Wheel Park provides
knowledge about waterwheels and presents the beauty of waterwheels.
When traveling Lanzhou, the Baitashan Mountain is absolutely
not missed. The Baitashan Mountain is part of the Baitashan
Park at in the north of the city. In the mountain there are
three impressive building complexes. At the summit of the mountain
towers the White Pagoda which explains the mountain's name.
The pagoda is eye-striking and elegant with its white body.
The highlight of the mountain is the scenery gained on the
top. Standing on the summit, visitors can enjoy a bird-eye views of the
zigzagging Yellow River and the city itself.
Wuquanshan Mountain is located within the Wuquanshan Park at the foot of the Guanglan
Mountain. The park is well-known for its tranquil and beautiful scenery with lush forest,
gurgling springs, a lot of ancient temples. Wuquan means five
springs in English and it got the name from the five springs in the here namely,
Ganlu, Juyue, Mozi, Hui, Meng. This area has became a resort for the rich over 2,000 years ago.
The Park has an area of 10,500 square meters and houses more
than 10 groups of ancient architecture. Inside the Congqing Temple hangs a
ten-ton iron bells which can date back to the over 900 years ago.The park is a sacred place for the locals. Buddhists throngs
here to worship on 8th, April according to he Chinese calendar. Many Buddhism
activities will be held on that day