zhangye danxia landform park, china

Zhangye Danxia Landform, China1
PLACE: Zhangye Danxia Landform Park
LOCATION: Gansu, China
NOTORIOUS: Unusual Landscape
NEAREST AIRPORT: Fly from Beijing to Jiayuguan, take bus to Zhangye from here (few hours)
COORDINATES: 38.9333° N, 100.4500° E
CURRENCY: China Renmenbi

This place is so unusual – it looks like an acrylic painter ran down the mountain sides with meter-wide paint trucks. It’s located in the Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park in Gansu Province in China. The Silk Road passed through this area, following a narrow route between the Tibetan Plateau (too cold!) and the Gobi Desert (too hot!) that’s known as the Hexi Corridor.

The unusual colours of the rocks are the result of red sandstone and mineral deposits being laid down over 24 million years. May is one of the best times of the year to visit the area, with an average high temperature of 23°C, an average low of 8°C, and not much chance of rain.
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Have you trekked out here? I want to know about it. Comment!

4 thoughts on “zhangye danxia landform park, china

  1. As an aside, there are flights from Lanzhou (Gansu’s provincial capital) to Zhangye, and possibly from Dunhuang, but those tickets are likely not found on Western flight search engines (or Zuji). But with elong.net and ctrip.com, the Chinese flight ticket sites, there’s a chance!

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