Lanzhou is the capital of Gansu Province which located in the geometric center of China’s Land territory. The Yellow River runs through the Lanzhou city from the west to the east. Lanzhou used to be a key point on the ancient Silk Road. Along the Yellow River, it integrated with the Silk Road culture, the Yellow River culture. The Gansu museum, which is located about 7 km from Northwest Normal University, has nice presentation for these different cultures. Along the Yellow River, the sheepskin rafts and water wheel are the most attractive sightseeing. As an important transport city, Lanzhou with Maiji Caves to the east, Bingling Thousand Buddha Caves to the west, Labrang Monastery to the south and Dunhuang Mogao Caves to the north.
The Labrang Monastery is located at the foot of the Phoenix Mountain northwest of Xiahe County in Gannan Tibetan Nationality Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province. It is one of the six great monasteries of the Geluk (Yellow Hat) school of Tibetan Buddhism. The monastery was built in 1710 by Jiamuyang, the first Living Buddha, and now it is the largest cultural center of the Tibetan Buddhism in Gansu, Qinghai and Sichuan provinces after being built and rebuilt by the Living Buddhas of the ages.