A little history...Gansu has a multinational population. Now with more than 3 million people living in the city, the majority are Hui (Muslim), 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. They have developed a unique cultural community.
Lanzhou is an ancient city in China, and is the capital of Gansu. It is the second largest city in northwest China, and also the political, economic and cultural center of the province. It is known as the city of fruits , producing some famous melon, apple, lily and rose. Lanzhou used to be called the Golden City, is an important stop along the Silk Road and has a history of over 2,000 years. It has been important for thousands of years because of the Hexi Corridor, or "Corridor West of the Yellow River" in which early Chinese civilization began.
Gansu is a rural province that is not well traveled by foreign tourists. We can expect an authentic experience. So how will I handle their cuisine....hmmm...let's just say I'll be packing as many granola bars as I can carry.
Now that we've done internet research on our daughter's province, I can focus on what we can expect from our trip. It is my understanding that we will arrive in Beijing where we will spend 2-3 days sightseeing and shopping. We will then be traveling to the Gansu Province and stay at the capital city of Lanzhou. There we will be united with our precious daughter on the day of our arrival. I dream about the day we can finally hold Kylie in our arms as we take in the long history, diverse cultures, vast and graceful natural scenery in the country where she has spent the first year of her life. I am really looking forward to the amazing experience that awaits us as we venture into the journey of a lifetime.