Located on one of the ancient Silk Road routes, Wuwei is a historically-rich city where some of China’s most significant cultural relics have been uncovered. It’s home to an excellent museum and 2nd-century tomb, as well as a sprawling Confucius Temple complex.
Things to do
Admire the jade artefacts, pottery and copper coins dating back to the Tang dynasty on display at the Wuwei Municipal Museum. Learn about the city’s position along the ancient Silk Road and the foreign traders that passed through, then listen to tales of the local scholars who departed Wuwei on religious pilgrimages.
Explore the ornate architecture of the pavilions and shrines at the Confucius Temple of Wenmiao, which was established back in the 15th century. Watch a dramatic performance at the Wenchang Temple and witness the stone steles that decorate its courtyard, with its symmetrically-aligned buildings adding to its aesthetic appeal.
Want to see a Han dynasty tomb? Visit Leitai Park where a tomb dating back to the late-2nd century was uncovered by a farmer in 1969. Explore its three-chambered design and admire a replica of the famous Bronze Galloping Horse that was uncovered here, then wander through the picturesque temple and garden surrounding the tomb.
Witness the Chinese Buddhist temple architecture of Jiumo Luoshisi, which centres around a soaring, multi-tiered stupa. Soak up the comings and goings as locals pay their respects to the monk, Morosh, and marvel at the intricate paintings adorning the roofs of its pavilions.
Wuwei is around 1.5 hours’ drive from Jinchang Jinchuan Airport, which has regular flights to Beijing and Shanghai. Buses connect to the surrounding cities and also travel throughout Wuwei.