We also took a few day trips.
The first of which was a visit to BingLingSi, Yongjing, which has carved Buddhist caves chiselled from the walls of a gorge above the yellow river.
We visited by taking a bus ride and then speedboat through the river canyon to the grottoes.
The Liuijiaxia gorge has a lostworld-esque feel with towering rock structures and leafy valleys.
Up at one of the temples, we met a man who had worked there for 23 years. We couldn’t blame him considering the amazing view of the gorge from his hilltop perch.
We then took it in turns trying to lift a stone weight, which monks use to gain strength by carrying two at a time when walking or by punching the air with them. It was really heavy!
An active Buddhist monastery still survives here.
Ice lollies waiting for our boat trip back.
The boat trip back through the gorge showed some amazing sights, including blue water, yellow water and mountains which plunge straight into the waters.
China’s biggest Michael Jackson fan, who attempted to get Anna to sing a full rendition of ‘Man in the Mirror’.
Back at the ferry port, we couldn’t help but capture the captains relaxing in their captains’ lounge.
The second trip was to White Pagoda Hill of Lanzhou, named after the white pagoda on the hilltop of the northern bank of the Yellow River (‘Huang He’).
Unfortunately we were unable to reach the actual pagoda due to restoration works, but we could admire from a distance.
The park covers over 8000 square meters, with layers of architecture, built with beautiful overhanging painted eaves and red columns, connected by pavilions, temples and winding corridors.
We met some lovely Chinese ladies who were doing a spot of opera karaoke in the park.
It was concluded that perhaps this was not the best place to bring a pushchair or wheelchair.
At the top of the hill, Lanzhou city, the Yellow river and the iron bridge over it can be seen.
(Photographs 3, 5, 9, 11 and 20 from Anna)