China’s Rainbow Mountain: Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park
Zhangye city in northwestern China’s Gansu Province is a photographer’s dream, by boasting the spectacle of Danxia landforms extending for 410 square kilometers in Linze and Sunan counties. With its majestic table mountain terrain, odd-shaped Danxia cliffs, and dynamic, dramatic colors, Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park is one of the most beautiful corner on earth and displays a unique type of petrographic geomorphology found in China.
Zhangye Danxia Landform is a masterpiece of great nature’s design, with the erosion of red sandstone, and was shaped 6 million years ago. Influenced by its special geologic framework, together with thousands of years of freeze-thaw peeling, wind and rain, isolated peaks and steep stone walls formed, and differed in color, texture, shape, size and pattern, then giving rise to its present appearance.
Zhangye Danxia landform on Qianlian Mountain is mainly composed of red gravel, sandstone and mudstone. It is typical of an arid or semi-arid climate and stands out with the cross layers, eroded caves, vertical joints, and multi-colored slopes.
The multi-colored range
It is hard to believe this insane mountain formation is real, but it do exists! Many visitors call the mountains here “the rainbow mountains” for the layers of different colored sandstone, ranging from red, orange, green, yellow, blue, white, etc being extremely stunning when the sun shines again after rain.
The three scenic spots
Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park is divided into three scenic spots: Linze Danxia Scenic Area, Sunan Danxia Scenic Area and Binggou Danxia Scenic Area. The first area has four viewing platforms for catching wonderful pictures. The second area is much bigger and offers more beautiful scenery with less crowds. And the third area is known as "window lattice and palace-shaped Danxia topography”.
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