Welcome to Gansu & Qinghai Provinces !
Area : 450,000 square km
Area : 720,000 square km
The localities covered are the followings :
Average Temperatures (Celsius) for Lanzhou :
Rainfall : equal or superior to 50mm
Average Temperatures (Celsius) for Dunhuang :
Rainfall : dry all year round with a maximum of 12mm in July
As the story goes, this is because a foreigner was once involved in a costly accident that the Gansu bus company now requires every foreigners to purchase an insurance. Whether or not you will receive any money if injured is unclear but at least the bus company will not have to pay anything, which is the objective of this scam.
This policy is not carried everywhere in Gansu. Basically, you will be requested to buy it at Lanzhou or Xiahe Bus Stations. If you do not have the insurance, you might in theory be refused the ticket or charged more.
In practice, you may have a few ways to avoid paying (in particular in Xiahe) :
If you have to take it, it basically cost 30Y for 14 to 20 days or 15Y for 7 days.
Be aware that Lanzhou West bus Station add 10Y handling fee on top of the 30Y for two weeks (no choice). On the contrary, it cost only 10Y for one week at the agency of the Friendship Hotel (Lanzhou Friendship Tours, tel 233 3051)
Also, check carefully that the dates
correspond to your travel plans. ..