Before the trip to Maiji Mountain, I was only expecting to see a wheat-stack-shaped mountain, as its Chinese name indicates.
The eminently Tibetan areas of northern Sichuan and southern Gansu provinces are home to one of China’s most colourful ethnic groups and some of the country’s most striking scenery.
Gansu province has plenty to interest visitors, from the Dunhuang Grottoes and Yellow River, to the unique sights and sounds of its cities.
My decision to travel around China lay solely with my curiosity about the place - it was the one place that I had always wanted to explore since childhood.
Mike Peters waxes lyrical about the pleasures of Lanzhou and southern Gansu as he stops to smell the flowers and discover a little piece of Switzerland in China.
Gansu province in northwest China offers the cultural charm of Tibet without the crowds.