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Gansu Provincial Museum

No.3 Xijin West Road, Qilihe District, Lanzhou 730000, China
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Ranked #1 of 74 Attractions in Lanzhou
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Considering that we are not many places to visit in Lanzhou you should visit the museum. Gives you some good insides about local history and culture. Unfortunately not much information is in English. 1 hrs is enough to finish your walk around. If you are foreigner, entrance is free of charge, just make sure to have your passport with you.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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40 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Worth a visit especially since foreigners are free to enter. The whole experience is in Chinese though.

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Grantham, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

As the title suggests there was plenty of things to do and see in the museum, however it helped to have our tour guide and hosts there to talk us through what was there.

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Brisbane, Australia
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44 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

The museum was great and free with a passport. Definitely worth a visit for a few hours with some fantastic exhibits.

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Canberra, Australia
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84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

This place is free for foreign passport holders and is a nice way to spend a few hours... Be warned there is almost no English anywhere in the museum but that does not detract too much from a good museum...nice exhibits...well laid out... Absolutely worth a visit

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Guilin, China
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85 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

Ma Ta Fei Yan (马踏飞燕, Horse Stepping on a Swallow) is the iconic statue of this museum and draws almost every visitor. The expression of the horse looked really cute, like it was high or dazzled. Besides the horses, historical relics of the Silk Road make the most impressive collection. It is a worthwhile visit if you want to escape... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

It was free and near our Hostel, but it was a bit disappointing. Unless you are fluent in Chinese this is a pretty quick spot for you. There are four floors, and a lot of rocks. So if you are a rock lover, you will fall in love hard. If not there are some dinosaur skeletons there for you. But... More

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Algiers, Algeria
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

the entrance is free for all, but you can't take your drinks or food inside , so you have to buy once inside. if you want to enjoy it, it's essential to pay for an english speaker guide.

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London, United Kingdom
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11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012 via mobile

I don't know why this is the top place to visit in Lanzhou.. Perhaps because there is nothing else. By European standards it was very average, the displays looked dated particularly their dinosaur section. They had old mechanical dinosaurs which were not working. A couple of displays were a bit better but I didn't find this place all that interesting... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

Lanzhou is a fairly far-flung city in Northwestern China that is undergoing a lot of development, but this museum is top of the line! Last year, while living there, I visited once or twice, only to be dismayed by a lack of English on any of the exhibits. However, I went again a couple of weeks ago, and they have... More

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