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.
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.
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.
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!