Lanzhou is just another busy Chinese city. It has a sizable Muslim (Hui) population. The Hui are Chinese but practises the Islamic religion. These are the descendants of the Silk road. They have Chinese names and speak Mandarin. They are not to be mistaken with the Uighers. There are 55 official minorities in China and they have 'special' privileges. While there is nothing in Lanzhou itself, it is an important hub from which to explore the interesting places around it. This will not be my only visit to Lanzhou. I have plans to return to visit the many other places over the next few years.