- a city in and the capital of Gansu province, in N China, on the Huang He.
Also Older Spellings Lan·chow, Lan·chou.
- a province in N central China. 137,104 sq. mi. (355,099 sq. km). Capital: Lanzhou.
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Lanchow or Lan-chou
- a city in N China, capital of Gansu province, on the Yellow River: situated on the main route between China and the West. Pop.: 1 788 000 (2005 est)
- a province of NW China, between Tibet and Inner Mongolia: mountainous, with desert regions; forms a corridor, the Old Silk Road, much used in early and medieval times for trade with Turkestan, India, and Persia. Capital: Lanzhou. Pop: 26 030 000 (2003 est). Area: 366 500 sq km (141 500 sq miles)
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