What to Buy in Lanzhou

Lanzhou is one of the best places to find the local products and handcrafts during your short trip. Lanzhou is a great business center in Gansu Province since all the fantastic art works and specialties converge here. 

Lanzhou Earthen Pot

This is a kind of pottery originated from the late Stone Age, with a history of more than six thousand to ten thousand years. There are earthen pot, jar, tank, kettle, and fire pot. Some are rather big, some can be quite small. They are solid and easy to handle. The earthen pot produced by the Agan Town and Leitanhe are said to be the best in quality. 

Bailan melon

The Bailan melon is a local product which is very famous in Lanzhou. The melons were introduced to China by a Mr. Wallace, Vice president of the United States, who donated melon seeds to the locals while visiting in the 1940s.



Hookah appeared in Lanzhou in the late Ming Dynasty and early Qing Dynasty, with a history of more than 300 years. It is well-known for its threadlike shape, joss incense, and pleasant taste and considered to be the "First Hookah in China".


Yongdeng Shadow Puppet

Yongdeng Shadow Puppet is the only existing shadow puppet in Lanzhou. Yongdeng Shadow Puppet first popularized in Yongdeng and its nearby counties. In history, it played a vital role in passing down the cultures and social moralities as well as enriching people's daily life. The settings and props are all made of cow hide or donkey hide. The proportion of images is exaggerated, with big head and long arms. Usually, the man image has big eyes and high forehead, while the women image has curved eyebrows as well as small eyes and mouth. The strong contrasts of the images and colors make Tongdeng Shadow Puppet interesting and pleasing to making people happy.


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