Capital - Lanzhou
Population - 30 million
Landmass - About the size of California
Minority Groups - Hui, Tibetan, Uighur, etc.
This long narrow province is mostly arid, lightly populated, and full of history as a crucial part of the ancient Silk Road. There is a significant Muslim population, so you will see many mosques and halal restaurants. Most notably, the capital Lanzhou is famous throughout China for lamian 拉面，hand pulled noodle dishes, and grilled goat meat skewers. Every town on the silk road trail has a night market, and these places have the best soup and noodles, bread, grilled meat and sea food! A final bonus is that people are generally friendly 🙂