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Zhangye Danxia Landform: The Amazing Rainbow Mountains of China

Zhangye Danxia Landform: The Amazing Rainbow Mountains of China
The Zhangye Danxia Geopark located in the northwestern Gansu province of China, a comparatively lesser known place, is fast becoming a favorite tourist spot due to the spectacular, naturally formed colorful mountains of Zhangye Danxia.
Rujuta Patil
Last Updated: Dec 13, 2018
Zhangye Danxia Geopark Road
The Hexi Corridor, in Gansu province, is part of the ancient Northern Silk Road that was used for trade and military movements. A road trip through the Hexi Corridor today, takes you from Lanzhou to Dunhuang, via Wuwei, Zhangye Danxia, and Jiayuguan's Great Wall Fort.
Zhangye Danxia Scenic Spot
The beauty of the rocks here can be seen from four different scenic points, which are connected via convenient shuttle rides.
Zhangye Danxia Mountain
The Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park is located in the northwestern Gansu province of China.
Zhangye Danxia Geopark Gansu
Gansu experiences extreme temperatures due to its arid climate. So, the best time to visit this region is during fall and spring.
Zhangye Danxia Hills
The Zhangye Danxia landform became a national geopark in 2011.
Zhangye Danxia Red Mountains
Layers of the reddish sedimentary rock beds underneath have surfaced and been exposed due to geological uplift, weathering, and erosion.
Zhangye Danxia Gansu, China
This huge warp is attributed to the same tectonic plates that have formed the Himalayan orogeny.
Zhangye Danxia Geopark
These distinctly colored rocks are several hundred meters tall.
Zhangye Danxia Sandstone Bed
Sandstone and mineral depositions form a pattern similar to a layer cake.
Zhangye Danxia Landscape
Wind, more than rain, seems to be a stronger eroding element in this northwestern Danxia landform.
Rainbow Mountains, China
Colors of the picturesque landscape here have given them the name 'Rainbow Mountains of China'. It is observed that the colors of the rocks appear more beautiful after it rains.
Zhangye Danxia Colored Rocks Erosion
Carving out nature! These spectacular shapes have developed since the Neogene Period (around 23 million years ago).
Zhangye Danxia Rainbow Mountains
Although the Danxia landform, at six various sites in China, is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage List, the Zhangye Danxia of Gansu is not one of them.
Sandstone and Mineral Depositions
The impact of tectonic collision, uplift, and crumbling of the continental crust having layers of sediments has given this 'hand-painted-hill' look to the landform.