Introduction of White Pagoda Park
White Pagoda Park is located on the north bank of the Yellow River near Lanzhou city center and is an important attraction in Lanzhou. Baita Mountain is famous for its ancient white pagoda on the top of the mountain. There are also many palace-style buildings in the mountains. Many trees are planted around the building. It is very good for mountaineering and photography. What's more, you can see the spectacular panoramic view of Lanzhou City when you board the Baita Mountain. The view is very wide.
In 1958, White Pagoda Park was opened to the public. Covering an area of 8,000 square meters（about two acres), the park has three stately and magnificent ancient architectural complexes within it. These harmonize with the surrounding natural landscape and the White Pagoda Mountain beyond. The mountain was once famed for its 'Three Treasures', the Elephant Skin Drum, Bronze Bell, and Redbud that withered long ago. After many years' forestation, the park has taken on a brand new look and now the trees and grass here are luxuriant. Special features of the park are the Mysterious Yellow River Stone Hall and the Yugur Reception Counting House the likes of which may not be found elsewhere. If one has an opportunity to visit this park, a climb to the top of pagoda should not be missed, as it affords a bird's eye view of the whole of Lanzhou City. One can also feast one's eyes on the magnificent view of White Pagoda Mountain with the Zhongshan Bridge at its foot. The way in which the bridge and mountain complement each other to form picturesque scene has meant that together they have become a symbol of Lanzhou City and very much a 'must see' for travelers
There were three treasure of White Pagoda Mountain, they were Elephant Leather Drum, bronze bells, the Chinese redbud tree. It's a pity that Chinese redbud tree withered due to the drying up of water, so there are left only the relic of Indian monk Elephant Leather Drum and bronze bells made in 57th years of Kangxi Period (1718). White Pagoda Mountain Park built around the mountain with an elevation of 1700 meters, opened in 1958 as a park. It passes across the Yellow River railway bridge, climbs up along the mountain. And there are square mansion, palace courts, corridors, and emerald green trees which is very spectacular.
Going along the west of White Pagoda Mountain can reach White Pagoda Temple. There is a white pagoda built in Yuan dynasty. It is said that this white pagoda was built for specially appointed Lama by Tibetan Sakya price of Dharma to come to meet with Genghis khan, but unfortunately he died of an illness in Lanzhou. In the later years, white pagoda was collapsed and rebuillt during Ming dynasty of Jingtai period, and expanded in Qing dynasty 54th year of Kangxi period, called Cien temple.
How to Visit White Pagoda Park
1. Taking Bus No.20, 35,53,108,and 131 to White Pagoda Mountain Park (Baitashan Park)
2. Taking Bus No.8, 11, 15, 26, 34, and 136 to Yellow River Bridge, you can appreciate the beautiful scenery of Yellow River incidentally.