Walking along the Hexi Corridor and enjoying the most popular natural wonders in the Western Regions (Part 1)

The vast desert and the sky full of the Gobi, car enthusiasts who are fond of the northwest route must not miss the Hexi Corridor. Here, not only can they experience the vast and magnificent scenery of the Western Regions, but also the humanities and religious culture of the northwest region. Every scenic spot will have stunning views that will make it impossible to stop once you hit the road.

The Gansu Provincial Museum is located at 3 Xijinxi Road, Qilihe District, Lanzhou City, Gansu Province. It is a large comprehensive museum in Gansu Province. The museum was built in 1956 and covers an area of over 21,000 square meters, with an exhibition area of over 13,000 square meters. It houses over 350,000 historical relics, modern relics, ethnic relics, and ancient biological fossils and specimens.
Visit Bai Ta Shan Park for a panoramic view of Lanzhou. Located on the central axis of the city, the park is named after the White Pagoda built in the Yuan Dynasty. Temples, mountains, and pavilions intertwine, creating a picturesque ancient mountain landscape. It takes about 20 minutes to reach the mountain top, from where you can enjoy a view of the city on both sides of the Yellow River. For an easy ascent, you can also take the cable car within the park.
Established in the first year of Yong'an in the Western Xia Dynasty (1098 AD), it houses the largest indoor reclining Buddha statue of Shakyamuni and the most complete first edition of the "Yongle Beizang". The wooden towers, pagodas, and temple buildings left by various dynasties are all included, and they have remained in good condition even after thousands of years.

Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park

Zhangye Danxia was selected by "China National Geographic" as the most beautiful and peculiar landform in China. It is formed by the accumulation of sandstone and other minerals over 24 million years. The colors of the mountains are as brilliant as the glow of dawn, making it a picturesque landscape with just a casual shot.

Jiayuguan Pass City

Jiayuguan is known as the most dangerous pass in the world. It has guarded the important route between the Central Plains and the Western Regions since ancient times, and it echoes the "First Pass Under Heaven" Shanhaiguan on the Liaodong Bay. It retains the original appearance of the pass to the greatest extent, with towering inner and outer city walls and well-planned layout. Standing on the high platform of the city wall, you can overlook the vast desert and Gobi outside the city, which is a magnificent sight.

The Great Wall on the precipice

The Hanging Wall of Xuanbi is located on the north slope of the Black Mountain, on the north side of the Shiguan Gorge, with a total length of 750 meters. Climbing up the steps, you can see the wall winding along the mountain ridge, appearing as if it is hanging in the air. If you want to explore further, you can visit the first outpost of the Great Wall, which is the western starting point of the Great Wall. It has preserved the ruins of the original outpost and there is also a replica ancient military fortress called Taolai Fortress built along the river valley on the west side, showcasing the military atmosphere of the frontier.
The First Watchtower of the Great Wall, also known as Taolaihe Watchtower, is the southernmost watchtower of the western section of the Great Wall at Jiayuguan. It is also the westernmost watchtower of the Ming Dynasty's Great Wall.
Mogao Grottoes houses a large number of Buddhist relics, including murals, sculptures, and scriptures. It became a major Buddhist cultural site after expansions during the Sui, Tang, Xia, and Yuan dynasties. In 1987, it was listed as a World Heritage Site.

Mingsha Mountain

This place is located between deserts. The central mountain is formed by a large heap of sand, with yellow sand covering the sky, which is very stunning. Here, you can climb the sand dunes, slide down the sand slopes, ride camels, and even camp, experiencing unique desert entertainment activities.