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When to go

June-au­gust is peak tourist sea­son, with the warm­est tem­per­a­tures but also the great­est chance of rain. May of­fers a good com­pro­mise of tem­per­a­ture and rain­fall though the land­scape is more yel­low and less green than in July and Au­gust after some rain. There is also still a chance of snow in May. Septem­ber is likely to be an­other suit­able shoul­der pe­riod, be­fore Oc­to­ber brings cold and, his­tor­i­cally, the high­est snow­fall of any month.

How to get there

Fly into Lanzhou and take a bus to Diebu (Tewo) from Lanzhou’s South Bus Sta­tion. Two buses leave each morn­ing as of sum­mer 2017. Al­ter­na­tively fly into the smaller re­gional air­port at Xi­ahe. All flights to and from Xi­ahe are routed through Xian. From Xi­ahe air­port, bus di­rectly to Diebu, or first to Hezuo then change to Diebu.

Where to stay

There are nu­mer­ous guest­houses all through­out town. It pays to hag­gle. Pay RMB100 for rea­son­able twin room, with nicer op­tions up to RMB160. Some guest­houses will of­fer din­ner and there are three that run restau­rants with Black Yak (Hei Mao­niu) most of­ten open in off-peak months. There are also two more restau­rants be­low town.

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