Gansu Province/甘肃省

When I say that Gansu is one of my favorite provinces in China, I get a lot of skeptical looks. True, most Westerners would be hard-pressed to know that Gansu Province even exists, and many east-coast Chinese people I meet wonder why I wouldn’t want to find a beach or just go to Sichuan and stuff myself silly with hot pot. But considering Gansu’s important location along the Silk Road, it deserves a lot more love than it gets.

Shaped vaguely like a napkin being wrung, it contains some of the best natural scenery China has to offer, and some of the wildest. Imagine this: Rainbow-colored mountains. Tibetan villages with fully-functional monasteries. Sand dunes. Mountain trekking. Horse-back riding. This is all within the same province. In a way, Gansu is like a sample platter: you can try a lot of diverse things without having to actually look that hard. While not as stupefyingly beautiful as Yunnan, or as mind-bogglingly vast as Qinghai, like the sample platter, you can’t help but want to order it when your friends are with you, and you’ll definitely want to order it more than once.

我说甘肃是我最喜欢的中国省之一,可能很多人表示怀疑。的确,很多西方人很难发现甘肃省的存在,而且很多东岸边的中国人会说我还不如去海边或者去四川吃火锅。但是因为甘肃是丝绸之路的一个比较重要的地方,也是非常值得我们赞场的。

从形态来看,有点像一个被扭的餐厅纸,但是甘肃省有中国的最美自然风景之一。要想想:彩虹山,藏族佛教小镇,沙山,山路和马。这竟然都是在同一个省啊!可以说甘肃就有点像一个试吃盘:你可以品尝各种各样的味道,但是也不用拼命地去找到。甘肃没有云南那么好看,也没有青海那样的茫茫高原,但是却像那个试吃盘,你会忍不住推荐给你朋友们体验,也会再一次想点这道美味。

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