- Places to Explore
- Travel Tips
- Fodor's Choice
- Chinese Phrases
Long-distance buses arrive at the East Station (Qiche Dongzhan) on Pingliang Lu, north of the train station. Leaving the city can be a bit more complicated. Buses to major destinations like Xian, Xining, Jiayuguan, and Dunhuang usually leave from East Station, whereas lesser destinations are served by the West Station (Qiche Xizhan). Buses to Xiahe depart from South Station (Qiche Nanzhan).
Buses originating in Lanzhou often require foreigners to show proof of travel insurance bought from the Chinese company PICC (The People's Insurance Company of China—a monsterously large insurance company) before purchasing tickets. It's unclear why this regulation exists, or why there's usually at least one daily bus to each destination that doesn't require the paperwork. You should be able to purchase insurance with your bus ticket, but this is often not the case. For peace of mind, head straight to the main PICC office on the north side of Qingyang Lu, just east of Jingning Lu. They'll know why you're there. A two-week policy costs Y40. Since the riots of 2008, rules can change at the drop of a hat. At this writing, you were required to show two photocopies of your visa and passport details.
Fodor's Trip Planning Ideas
- Fodor's 100 Hotel Awards: Check out the winners of 2013
- Weekend Getaways: Fodor's Recommends the Best Weekend Escapes in the US
- Great American Vacation: Find Your Next U.S. Trip with Fodor's
- 80 Degrees: Fodor's Helps You Find Your Best Beach Vacation Spots
- Best of Europe: Fodor's Picks the Best Places to Visit in Europe