noun Pinyin.

a city in and the capital of Gansu province, in N China, on the Huang He.

Also Older Spellings Lan·chow, Lan·chou. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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a variant transliteration of the Chinese name for Lanzhou


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)
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