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Lanzhou ‘The Golden City’

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As humans, we will get frustrated from time to time. When that happens, when our emotions begin to drive us, take a step back from the situation & let the Almighty take over. Pray that He grants us wisdom each time. Don't feel like you have to do it alone. He's only a call away! Lanzhou is the capital of the Gansu Province in China, as well as the largest city in the area. It is known by its nickname as ‘The Golden City’ in tribute to its former name in Ancient China. Maiji Caves & Maiji Mountain feature fascinating structures which have been carved and developed over hundreds of years. Zhongshan Bridge, also called the first bridge over the Yellow River, lies at the foot of Bai Ta Mountain and in front of Jin Cheng Pass in Lanzhou city, the capital of Gansu Province.Before Zhongshan Bridge was built there were many floating bridges over the Yellow River, but only one existed for a relatively long period. This bridge was called Zhen Yuan Floating Bridge and was made up of more than 20 ships, tied up by ropes and chains. It floated on the river in order to help people pass over, but it was neither solid nor safe enough. Almost every year floods destroyed the bridge or even killed people. Problem also arose in the winter, when ice would build up on the river, so the bridge would have to undergo the costly process of being disassembled and then re-built in the spring. Used for over 500 years, the Zhen Yuan Floating Bridges was finally retired in 1909, when an iron bridge was built. In the year 1907, under the proposal of local officers in Lanzhou and Gansu and the help of a Germany businessman, the Qing Government began to build this first iron bridge over the upper reaches of the Yellow River. All materials, even the rivets, were transported from Germany to China using ships, trains, carts and any other means possible. The bridge was completed in two years, and named 'Lanzhou Iron Bridge over the Yellow River'. In 1942, to commemorate Dr. Sun Yat-sen, the bridge was re-named Zhongshan Bridge (Zhongshan is the Chinese name of Dr. Sun Yat-sen). The service life of the Zhongshan Bridge expired in 1989, and so about 10 bridges have already been built nearby. Even more bridges are planned to replace the Zhongshan Bridge's work, but none can replace its great value in history or its great work over its 80 years. The Zhongshan Bridge will be remembered forever as a piece of history and a cultural relic. Lanzhou Beef Noodles, also known as Lanzhou Beef Broth Noodles, is one of China's top ten noodle dishes, originating from the Gansu Province region. Named after the city from which it originates , this famous beef noodle dish is synonymous with Lanzhou and one of the most important elements of the local food culture.                                 

Lanzhou City

Maijishan hill caves, grottoes and stairways

First bridge of the Yellow River 'Zhongshan Bridge'

The top one is the sculpture of Yellow River Mother

Lanzhou Beef Noodles (兰州拉面)

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Reply Report Misel 2019-11-25 07:18
Lanzhou Beef Noodles is very famous. I also like it. Thank you for shareing.
Reply Report kevinruud 2019-11-27 09:55
Misel: Lanzhou Beef Noodles is very famous. I also like it. Thank you for shareing.
Lanzhou Noodle is not the original brand of Lanzhou City. It is merely a name only, like the bird turkey has nothing to do with the country Turkey. The noodle you eat in your city or elsewhere known as Lanzhou Lamen Noodles is actually a food of Qinghai, or its capital city Xining.
Reply Report SEARU 2019-12-6 09:14
kevinruud: Lanzhou Noodle is not the original brand of Lanzhou City. It is merely a name only, like the bird turkey has nothing to do with the country Turkey. Th ...
We had better add some vinegar to the noodles for smooth digestion specially for those who have poor stomach. I learned it from that master who is (was)  good at brewing vinegar in the town.
Reply Report Ashikujaman 2019-12-7 08:23
kevinruud: Lanzhou Noodle is not the original brand of Lanzhou City. It is merely a name only, like the bird turkey has nothing to do with the country Turkey. Th ...
Thank you very much for your information.
Reply Report Ashikujaman 2019-12-7 08:24
SEARU: We had better add some vinegar to the noodles for smooth digestion specially for those who have poor stomach. I learned it from that master who is (wa ...
Thank you very much.
Reply Report Ashikujaman 2019-12-11 15:08
Misel: Lanzhou Beef Noodles is very famous. I also like it. Thank you for shareing.
Thank you!

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