Lanzhou Zhongshan Bridge ​- the oldest bridge in Lanzhou

Last Update: 16th October 2020

Located below the Baita Mountain in the middle section of Binhe Road, Lanzhou Zhongshan Bridge was built in 1907. The bridge is 234 meters long and 7.5 meters wide with 6 piers and 5 steel arches. The project was built by German businessmen. It cost a total of more than 11,291.4 kilograms of silver. Its former name was Zhenyuan Bridge. In 1942, it was named Zhongshan Bridge in honor of Sun Yat-sen and hasn’t been changed any more.

Lanzhou Zhongshan Bridge Fast Facts
  • Chinese Name: Lanzhou Zhongshanqiao (兰州中山桥)
  • Length: 234 x meters
  • Things to do there: Photography, Silk Road, Chinese History and Culture
  • Who visits: Photographers, Chinese History and Culture Lovers, Hikers
  • Time required: up to 1 x hour
What to expect at the Lanzhou Zhongshan Bridge

Having suffered several times of natural disasters and wars, Lanzhou Zhongshan Bridge still spans the Huang River firmly. For Lanzhou and Lanzhou people, Zhongshan Bridge represents too much. For Lanzhou, it connects the two sides of the Huang River. It also opens the business road to Xinjiang, Qinghai, Ningxia and Inner Mongolia, making Lanzhou specialties appeared other cities around the country; it brings the rich products from all over the country to Lanzhou. During anti-Japanese War, it helped the Chinese people spend the hard days.


The night view of Zhongshan Bridge is amazing. With the lights on the arches and the reflection of the bridge in the water, the bridge offers an ideal background for photographing. From March, 30, 2013, the vehicles are not allowed to cross the bridge in order to protect the national key cultural relics.

Best time to enjoy the Lanzhou Zhongshan Bridge

If you are planning to visit Lanzhou Zhongshan Bridge for photography purposes, the best time to visit is in the evening.


The best months to visit Lanzhou Zhongshan Bridge are from April to October.


How to get to the Lanzhou Zhongshan Bridge

There are several buses passing by the bridge. Therefore, there are several options.

  • Rent a vehicle to the museum. This is the quickest and most direct option.
  • Take Bus 4, 6, 9, 15, 25, 74, 105, 109, 137, 139 and Bus 142 to the bridge
Additional Lanzhou Zhongshan Bridge Travel Advice
  • Opening hours: 24 hours
  • Admission fee: free
  • Please take care of your valuables and your kids on the bridge.
  • Please wear the sunscreen cream and sun glasses even in winter.
  • Please take body lotion, lip balm, and hand cream as it is always dry in Lanzhou.
Interested in visiting the Lanzhou Zhongshan Bridge on a Tour?

Wendy Wei Tours offers a variety of different packaged tours as well as custom tours including the Lanzhou Zhongshan Bridge, among other attractions and destinations. To find out more, please visit our Tours page or Contact Us directly to find out more.