Discovering our world: Gānsù, China

Hello my dear readers,

Maybe some of you are in holiday, lucky you, and some of us are still in the office, not so lucky πŸ€ͺΒ However, I hope your week is going smooth no matter where you are.

Now that we know that the first place in the world that produces watermelon is GānsΓΉ, in China, let’s discover a little bit more about it.

Discovering our world_Gantsu China_Popsicle Society

Beside Beijing and Shanghai, China is somewhat poorly known, but places like the Rainbow mountains, also known as Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park, or Magao Grottoes, Jiāyùguān Fort, located in Gānsù province, are well worth to see them.

Gansu is a province in north-central China, with a population of 23.7 million. This region has a multinational population which includes ethnic minority groups of Kazak, Mongolian, Tibetan, Hui, Dongxiang, Tu and Manchu. They mutually influence each other in the fields of economics, politics and culture and hold close ties with the Han people and they have developed a unique cultural community. Lanzhou, a well-known ancient city in China, is the capital of Gānsù.

Gansu China 2_Popsicle Society

With a long history and brilliant cultures, Gānsù is characterised by plenty of cultural relics and natural scenery. Endless desert and pure glacial landscape present an impressive and breath-taking scenery before your eyes. For example the world-famous Mogao Grottoes, which is the largest and most well-preserved Buddhist art palace and also a post along the ancient Silk Road; the grand Jiayuguan Pass, is an important outpost in ancient China, is the western end of the Great Wall; the Labrang Monastery in Xiahe is one of the largest Tibetan Buddhist resorts in China while the Bingling Temple in Lanzhou is a treasure trove of Han Buddhism. All of these are well worth points of interest for your tour.

Rainbow mountains china_Popsicle Society

Where to stay in Gansu_Popsicle Society

Here, you will need to lower your hotel expectations, as you will not find luxury hotels but mid-range hotels are pretty common in Gānsù province. They are clean, cheap and equipped with in-house fast internet.

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When to go to Gansu_Popsicle Society

The annual average temperature is about 0C to 15C. The lowest temperature are in January and is approximately -14C to 3C and the highest temperature is in July between 22C and 25C. With plenty of rain, you would better take an umbrella along with you. However, despite the changeful weather, your sightseeing visit from May to October would be uninterrupted.

Typical Cuisine in Gansu_Popsicle Society

Well, I hope you like Chinese food, as you’ll not have many options for western food πŸ˜‰Β It seems that the top choice in GānsΓΉ province are spicy hand-pulled noodles, and hotpots are also very common. You get aΒ pot of broth in which you can add sliced mutton, beef or pork, greens and various other dishes. But to not forget also the nigh markets, where you’ll find all manner of open-air stalls and restaurants serving barbecue and local specialities.

Ok, hungry? This guy below is teaching us a new way of eating πŸ˜‰Β Not too bad eh? πŸ€ͺ

Join me next time and let’s enjoy a refreshing watermelon cocktail 🍹

Thank you all for reading πŸ™‚

All photo credit Google Images & Pixabay edited by Popsicle Society


57 thoughts

  1. Hi Ribanna!πŸ˜ƒ Yes i was on holiday. And i am back. You always amaze us with an amazing post. And another discovery post. Gansu, i always wonder how these people name their city and based on what, like my country does πŸ˜‚. And a country for watermelon its a new update for me. 23.7 million, omg tats huge 😲, and are these mountains photo shopped πŸ€” why are in different colours. Ok tats so cool place to have a watermelon πŸ˜‰ yes i love chinese foods too. especially the noodles .. hmm.. my apetite calls me… Look at the pictures… huh.. im hungry but im in offiz now.. πŸ™„ Wonderful post Ribanna. Enjoyed reading βœ¨πŸ€— Wish u an awesome dayπŸ™‚

    1. Hi Simon! I’m glad you’ve been in holiday! Hope you had a great time and you’ve recharged your batteries πŸ™‚
      Yes, sometimes I wonder too, based on what they give these names…:)
      Yes, huge number! But then we know they have a very dense population πŸ™‚
      Nope, not photoshoped, are naturally πŸ™‚
      Some times back I did a post about the Rainbow Mountains
      Pretty impressive πŸ™‚
      Then Chinese noodles this evening for dinner πŸ™‚
      Thank you Simon for stopping by and for your kind words!
      Wish you a great day! πŸ™‚

  2. Your posts are really informative. Too much indulged in historic & cultural information. Got some idea about Gansu in China. And extremely thanking you for sharing this one. Happy blogging Ribana🀩πŸ₯°β€οΈπŸ‘

    1. Thank you very much Olivia! Sometimes I think maybe is too much and I should keep them shorter…and then I start writing and researching and I find so many wonderful things that I want to share everything πŸ™‚
      I’m glad you like it! We have a wonderful world to discover πŸ™‚
      Wish you a wonderful and happy day! πŸ₯°β€οΈ

  3. Hey Ribanna! Thanks for ur timeπŸ€— Yup battery recharge done, ankle sprain done😜, its a memorable holiday. And the population is so dense. imagine 23.7 million omg😲, Wow tats so lovely 😍😍 Colourful mountains are real πŸ₯° yes now i remember this. Ha ha no dinner like everyday on my holidays noodles were part of my foodπŸ˜‚ . Glad to have this kind and lovely interaction Ribannaβœ¨πŸ˜‰ Have a fantastic dayβœ¨πŸ™‚πŸ‘Œ

    1. Oh my, including ankle sprain? You did not pull you back from anything eh? πŸ™‚ Hope you are ok.
      So now you’re back to low carbs right? πŸ™‚ Usually after holidays, everyone tends to go back to “normal eating” :)…I don’t go in holiday, so problem solved for me! I always eat πŸ™‚
      Thank you Simon! Have a great day too πŸ™‚

      1. Hi RibannaπŸ™‚ Thank Your kindness, Yes thats a serious one😲 on the last day on stairs, and ended up funny laughing the way i reacted πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ and i am A OK. Yes back to diet. It’s gng to be a mass diet ✨😁 For some days.

      2. It happens often to me to laugh at myself, at how I react to certain things πŸ™‚ Luckily it was on the last day πŸ™‚ and I’m glad you’re ok! Don’t be too harsh with the diet πŸ™‚ Eat a little bit of everything! This is my forever diet πŸ™‚

  4. I’m from the unlucky ones hahhah but I got to go on vacation so no nagging for me πŸ˜‚ But anyway I also rather to be there! πŸ˜ŠπŸ’•
    Gansu, a totally new name for me, only read it in your previous post and anyway China is underrated I guess, here we say China just to refer to cheap items and low cost production and industries and so…which is unfair of course I mean look at all this beauty! And 23.7 million for a province! I mean we are an entire country and we’re 4.5 million haha
    Seems a great history and lot of places to visit in addition to the beautiful scenery as well 😊 this Mogao Grottoes is really a piece of art!
    for the accommodation, what matters the most for me is to be clean and the location but look at these temperature degrees! I’m freezing already πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ will try to go when it’s 25 c which is the highest πŸ˜„πŸ˜„
    Chinese food in not one of my favorite but I don’t know if what we eat here is a real Chinese food but still not bad! Loved this cute kid πŸ˜„πŸ˜„ great use for Watermelon! And what a method to eat πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I would suffocate I guess and die!
    Looking forward for the refreshing watermelon cocktail I’m sure it will be so tasty refreshing watermelon cocktail πŸ˜„πŸ˜„
    Great post, very well made and written and very useful as always dear Riby 😊😊
    This world is so big! And your posts are making it smaller 😊😊
    enjoy your afternoon πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ§ΈπŸ§ΈπŸ§ΈπŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•

    1. Thank you dear Koko for your time and for your beautiful words and support πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€— It really means a lot! 🧸🧸🧸
      Yes, I guess everywhere in the world, China is seen just as a place of cheap things but it is so much more! It has a great history and so many beautiful places to see! Nature is wonderful too! Amazing landscapes! Really a beautiful country and highly populated in some places πŸ€ͺ
      I was well impressed when I was travelling to China! πŸ˜‰
      Yes, also for me, important is the accommodation to be clean! πŸ˜‰
      A little bit cold also for my taste but I guess with all these beautiful things to see is worth it πŸ€ͺπŸ€ͺ
      I remember the Chinese food that we used to eat in Italy…it has nothing to do with the real Chinese food πŸ€ͺπŸ€ͺ
      Here I am nearby but still some Chinese will say is not the original taste! As we say for Italian food or you for Lebanese food πŸ˜‰
      Not a very big fan either, but sometimes is ok, especially when visiting the country, I always like to try the local food πŸ˜‰
      Yes, the kid is very cute πŸ˜‰
      This guy eating is awesome! I guess he’s really hungry πŸ˜‹ πŸ€ͺπŸ€ͺ
      Soon will come the watermelon cocktail 🍹 πŸ˜‰
      Really I thank you very much for all the time spent and for all your wonderful words! I’m so grateful! Thank you!
      Hope your day is better today! Wish you a wonderful afternoon too πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ§ΈπŸ§ΈπŸ§ΈπŸ§ΈπŸ§Έ

      1. Always a great pleasure dear Riby and reading your content is an addition to our knowledge 😊
        I’m sure you were impressed, lot of beauty and history there! And one can take a bit of cold for some time for the sake of great vacation 😁😁
        This food thing is everywhere in the world, I always say that you must eat the food from its origin place and I always like to try the local food wherever I go 😊
        Great pleasure always and my day was much better thank you 😊 hope your Thursday will be great especially that weekend is so near 😁😁😁

      2. I’m glad you see it that way 😊 thank you for your support always! πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—
        Yes, even if it’s cold, just a few days are ok πŸ˜‰ I guess is a great experience!
        Very true! To really understand food you need to eat it at origin 😊 You know a funny fact? So many Italian dishes known and loved around the world, don’t have anything to do with Italian cuisine…πŸ€ͺπŸ€ͺπŸ€ͺ such as macaroni cheese, or pasta with tomatoes and meatballs or carbonara made with cream πŸ€ͺπŸ€ͺ are only a few…πŸ€ͺ and then, when you give them really Italian food they say what’s this? Is not good…pasta is not cooked…πŸ€ͺπŸ€ͺπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ So I guess this is applicable to all kind of cuisines πŸ€ͺπŸ€ͺπŸ€ͺ
        I’m glad your day was better! Almost weekend πŸ€ͺπŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸŒΈπŸŒΈπŸŒΈπŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ§ΈπŸ§ΈπŸ§ΈπŸ§ΈπŸ§Έ

      3. πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—
        Oh this is so true! I feel I will be chocked when I taste real Italian food despite how good the restaurants here but still I’m sure it’s different in Italy and I heard many times that pasta shouldn’t be so well cooked actually (al dente right???) haha so yes I know what you mean and as you said it applies to all kind of cuisines!
        Hope your Thursday is great and yes almost weekend yayyyy πŸ˜€
        Have a great day πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸŒΈπŸŒΈπŸŒΈπŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ§ΈπŸ§ΈπŸ§ΈπŸ§ΈπŸ§Έ

      4. Yep, al dente πŸ™‚ No overcooked pasta is Italian pasta πŸ™‚
        So far, so good πŸ˜€
        Another few more hours πŸ™‚
        Yours just started! Have a wonderful, happy and easy day πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ§ΈπŸ§ΈπŸ§ΈπŸ§Έ

      5. yes it’s 10:30 AM only πŸ™‚ Thank you for the lovely wishes and have a great and happy day as well πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ§ΈπŸ§ΈπŸ§ΈπŸ§Έ

  5. Ribana very informative and wonderful post about China! The region of Gansu’s population is 23.7million so its crowded!😊 Here Chinese items get cheap rate I think because of low cost work! Hm you enjoyed the beautiful places and nature!😍 Largest producer of watermelon that is great! I would like to eat!😊
    And the Chinese food always gets here, some places we can get more tasty but the original taste I don’t know what is really!πŸ€”
    -° are always cold but the -15 that is freeze! 🌧
    That pics and gifπŸ‘Œ
    Thank you for sharing this great post!πŸ’™

    1. Thank you dear Suni for your time and for your kind words! I really appreciate it! Yes, a very dense population but is a wonderful place to visit! I know China is seen just for the cheap things but has a lot of beautiful and interesting places to see! Every time I’ve traveled to China, I was amazed! Is not at all about cheap πŸ€ͺ😊
      Watermelon is great and so refreshing during summertime!
      Yes, I guess is difficult to find original Chinese food unless you eat it from the origin πŸ˜‰πŸ˜Š
      Pretty cold yes πŸ₯Ά but I guess a few days are ok πŸ˜‰πŸ˜Š
      Thank you again dear Suni! Have a wonderful day! 🌸🌸🌸😊😊😊

      1. I knew you enjoy the beautiful nature and wonderful places of China! 😊
        You are so lucky Ribana many times you visit there that is glad to hear!πŸ™†
        Ofcourse we can bear the cold for this amazing place! πŸ’™
        I am very happy to hear your interaction and hope you have a great day!🌸😊❀

      2. I’m nearby, so every time I have the chance for a short visit, I don’t think twice πŸ˜‰
        I hate the cold but I would also like to see Antartica πŸ˜‰ The cold or hot weather will never stop us from traveling I guess πŸ˜‰πŸ€ͺ
        Thank you Suni πŸ˜‰ Always a pleasure interacting with you πŸ˜‰πŸŒΈπŸŒΈ
        Wish you a great evening πŸ˜‰πŸŒΈπŸŒΈπŸŒΈ

  6. Thank you for this informative post. Great description of the Chinese culture. Keep on sharing beautiful adventures. Have a great day!

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