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Wuwei (武威; Wǔwēi) is a city in Gansu Province.


Gansu's most celebrated relic, the Galloping Bronze Horse, was found in Wuwei on the grounds of Leitai Temple. The original relic is in the Gansu Provincial Museum in Lanzhou.

This town was founded by an Euroasian nomadic tribe around 121 B CE. If you are interested in the classic Chinese literatures, this town was mentioned a number of times in " The tale of three kingdoms". During this intriguing historical period, Wuwei belonged to Wei kingdom, which was governed by General Cao Cao. Like many other historical towns along the Hexi corridor, one of the most interesting activities is people watching. During the Tang Dynasty, this was one of the most prosperous towns and functioned as the eastern terminus of the Hexi corridor. Muslims and Persian jews traveled frequently along the Silk road with their heavy horse drown caravan wagons. Some of them settled down and operated small taverns and others worked as middle hand between the local producers and buyers from the Middle East countries. There is still a thriving Islamic community who worship their prophet Mohammed regularly.

Unlike many popular cities which are often used upon different commercial posters, Wuwei is still a very humble town with an authentic, rustic charm. Many foreigners are still the tourist attractions for the locals. Some of them would like to take a photo with you, others want to practice their English with you. They would love to share with you their proud history, as well as their view of what a good life is in the modern time.

If you would like to visit a religious institute and enjoy their traditional architecture, such as a Buddist temple or an islamic mosques, you often need to dress properly. Otherwise some of the locals would take it as an insult.

Get in[edit]

Intercity trains travel frequently between Wuwei and the nearby Lanzhou city. It take around three hours. You can book your tickets 60 days in advance from most travel agencies' website.

Long distance bus travels between Wuwei and Xining as well as Lanzhou.

Get around[edit]

See[edit][add listing]

  • Mt Tianti Buddist cave (天梯山石窟).  edit
  • Wuwei Wester Xia historical museum. This museum was constructed around 1983. There are all together seven exhibition halls. Amongst their 40 000 permanent exhibitions, there are jade items, potteries and copper coins which are dated back Tang Dynasty.  edit
  • Yanshou Temple (延寿寺).  edit
  • Loshi temple pegoda (罗什寺塔), 0935-2220757. This building complex was constructed around 300 CE, one of the oldest religious building in this town. There is no direct public bus from the city to this sight, you need to take a taxi. The fair should be less than 15 RMB. 10 RMB.  edit
  • Confucian Temple, 武威文庙. This temple complex was constructed in the middle of the 15th century.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

Leon dance is a traditional local folk dance. This artistic tradition was established in the middle of the Tang Dynasty. During important holidays, such as the Lunar New Year celebration or Moon festival, leon dance are performed by the local amateur dancers in the street, most of whom are dressed up with beautiful silk jackets.

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Eat[edit][add listing]

  • cold noodle dish (凉面). It is an inexpensive and tasty dish which are served by many local food vendors on the night market. The secret of its special taste is the wonderful locally produced rapeseed oil.  edit
  • huge moon cake (凉州大月饼). The moon cakes in Wuwei are huge and delicious.  edit

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Sleep[edit][add listing]


  • Huafeng Hotel (Huafeng Fandian), Buxing Shengyi Street, +86 935 6978008.  edit
  • Tianyuan Hotel (Tianyuan Zhaodaisuo), Buxing Shangyi Street, +86 935 6978342.  edit


  • Tianma Hotel Wuwei, Xixiaoshizi, +86 935 2215170 (fax: +86 935 2212356).  edit
  • Liangzhou Hotel Wuwei, 68 East Street, +86 935 2212450 (fax: +86 935 2213008).  edit


Get out[edit]

  • Minqin - oasis town three hours by bus where fortified mansions of local warlords who were charged with protecting the Great Wall of China still exist.

Aug 2013 - The bus station would not sell bus tickets to foreigners without them having Chinese health insurance. Avoid this city unless you have Chinese health insurance or private transportation, or it will be difficult to leave again!

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