from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- See Lanzhou.
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- n. the capital city of the Chinese province of Gansu on the Yellow River
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As their plane prepared to take off from Lanchow, May-ling and Donald talked Chiang into stopping in Ninghsia, a small province situated between the Gobi and Ordos deserts, populated by Muslims.
From Sian the quartet flew to Lanchow in Kansu province, located on the swiftly flowing Yellow River and noted for its huge water wheels—some more than a hundred feet in diameter—placed near the banks to provide local irrigation.
It lies 250 kilometers southwest of Lanchow, and is presently included in southwestern Kansu (Gansu) Province of China, near the border of Chinghai (Qinghai) Province.
At Lanchow in Chihli on the Imperial Chinese Railway near Shanhai-kwan, 16 old cash count as 100 cash, yet 33 are required to make up 200; in Tientsin from which point the railway starts, 1000 cash are really 500 cash and 98 count there as 100.
Midway in the story the head lama of the Shangri-La "lamasery" tells Conway the story of a Capuchin monk who, traveling from Peking south-west by Lanchow and the Kokonor for some months, accidentally stumbles onto the valley of the Blue Moon where Shangri-La is located.
Therefore to convert Lanchow cash into Tientsin cash you must divide the Lanchow cash by 3, count 975 as 1000, and consider this equal to a certain percentage of a theoretical amount of silver known as a tael, which is always varying of itself as well as by the fluctuations in the market value of silver, and which is not alike in any two places, and may widely vary in different portions of the same place.
At Lanchow in Chihli on the Imperial Chinese Railway near