Zhangye Danxia Geopark
Zhangye Danxia Geopark
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30km South of the County, Linze County 734200 China
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  • HKHomers
    Hong Kong, China22 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience, amazing with the right sunlight
    Again this whole Chinese Mass tourism setup, highly regulated, tightly organized. Good or bad? In this case good; contrary to e.g. Yellowstone USA it is great being allowed to hop on/hop off along a fixed route getting the best views. Some areas underwhelmed e.g. looking into the sun, but other areas were fantastic with the right sunlight enhancing the multi-colored rocks experience. Overall it's a must-see, famous in China.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 9 August 2023
  • Susan
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous place
    Beautiful place! I’d recommend going, if you get the chance. Bring extra water, and bring an umbrella or wide brimmed hat. I’d also recommend going in the early evening (or early morning) if possible, as it’ll be a little cooler and the light will look better.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 June 2024
  • SaintPat1976
    Southampton, United Kingdom149 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth getting up early for sunrise
    Went at sunrise. Great to see sun come up and then get stronger and bring out deeper colours in the rocks. Bought tickets at 5.30am at park entrance which included bus option. Lots of space for views and photos.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 July 2024
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Stephen C
Singapore, Singapore1,145 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
This is a UNESCO Geopark. Like most of the national parks, you will gather at a central point and take a bus into the park.

There are four stops in all. You should make it a point to alight and walk around at each of the stops as they offer different views of the park.

The biggest stop is the second one. There is the largest platform from which you can walk around and have a true panoramic view of the surrounding area.

The fourth stop offers the best photo opportunities. It brings you closest to the multi colored rocks and this is a must visit stop for all visitors. Just be warned that there will be plenty of tourists and they’ll be crowding around looking for a photo opportunity as well.

While some say that the best time to visit is at sunrise or sunset, we found the view in the afternoon to be good as well.
Written 12 October 2020
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Susan
Milwaukee, WI9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Family
Beautiful place! I’d recommend going, if you get the chance. Bring extra water, and bring an umbrella or wide brimmed hat. I’d also recommend going in the early evening (or early morning) if possible, as it’ll be a little cooler and the light will look better.
Written 28 June 2024
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kim buay p
Singapore, Singapore12,908 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
I did a guided live-stream tour with Jenny's China Tour on Heygo. The location seems to be quite remote. So I was very happy with this live-stream tour especially since travelling is so restricted nowadays. The guide spoke good English and explained how these layered coloured mountains come about. The tour was about 35-40 mins long. We could take wonderful postcard shots of the views.
Written 14 September 2021
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SaintPat1976
Southampton, UK149 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Family
Went at sunrise. Great to see sun come up and then get stronger and bring out deeper colours in the rocks. Bought tickets at 5.30am at park entrance which included bus option. Lots of space for views and photos.
Written 10 July 2024
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Madison C
Sydney, Australia5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
After approx. an hour from Zhangye you finally get your ticket to this wonder of the world, there would be buses that will take you close to four platforms offering the best viewing of that particular area, basically the higher you climb the better view you get, so you have to be prepared for some good hike so it's a little challenging, it's impressive and breathtaking how the colors of the mountains are beyond description and amazing - I have never seen something like that before.
Definitely a place worthy of visiting.
Written 26 June 2021
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HKHomers
Hong Kong, China22 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
Again this whole Chinese Mass tourism setup, highly regulated, tightly organized. Good or bad? In this case good; contrary to e.g. Yellowstone USA it is great being allowed to hop on/hop off along a fixed route getting the best views.
Some areas underwhelmed e.g. looking into the sun, but other areas were fantastic with the right sunlight enhancing the multi-colored rocks experience.
Overall it's a must-see, famous in China.
Written 10 August 2023
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Joe
Bucharest, Romania4,925 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Friends
The rainbow mountains. An UNESCO heritage sight and one of my absolute best memories from China.

It is a geographic marvel of astonishing beauty. When the sun hits the mountains they really do have a rainbow pattern. You can't actually hike on or climb on the mountains but you do get several viewing platforms which allow you too see different views and perspectives of the scenery.

It's less busy here than you may think, it's a well known spot but it's in remote Gansu province so it's really quite far away. It could be combined onto your 'Silk Road' trip.

If you're in China these really are a must visit

Written 3 October 2022
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KodoDrummer
Buenos Aires, Argentina70,599 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
The magnificent blended seven-colours flowing through the landscape created over millions of years of earthly evolution.
Written 14 October 2019
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michaelp1945
canberra5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2013 • Couples
It is quite easy to travel to Zhangye with the train and plane services that China has. We arrive in Guangzhou and took a connecting flight to Lanzhou. We stayed in Nongken hotel which is a walking distance to the train station. Accommodation wise is okay but the staff is not very helpful. They will not receive parcels or mail even if you have booked to stay in the hotel. We spend a night in Lanzhou and did a half day tour of the sights along the Yellow River there. The next morning we took a train (soft seat) to Zhangye at around 7am. The trains were punctual and we arrive after a 5 hour journey. Took a taxi to Huachen international hotel. Setback is people there do not understand English. There was a travel agency in the hotel and we booked a trip to Zhangye Danxia Geopark the afternoon we arrived. We were taken to Geopark the same evening.

The place is spectular and the local Chinese have learnt about the beauty of the area too. There were lots of Chinese from different parts of China. We chatted with them with our limited Mandarin knowledge. The area is very well managed and there are 4 viewing stations. The park mans the buses and it is a hop on hop off route which gives you control of time you want to spend in each viewing station. The place is great and we cant believe the colours of the hills. It closes at 7pm. We are glad we visited this place before it gets to be as popular as the nine villages. We went in September 2013.

The next day we went to Matisi, a temple in the cave. It is unusual but quite expensive to visit compared to Geopark. We tried the local foods and I like the hotpot. Beef and lamb is the meat they used. You can have a spicey hotpot ar a non spicey one. As we had 2 nights in Zhangye we saw the local tourist attractions like the big Buddha etc.

We took a train back to Lanzhou and flew off to our next destination. I appreciate the efficient transport system in China. It is so convenient to take airport shuttle buses to and from airports and it is so much cheaper than taxis.
Written 23 October 2013
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tsandweg
Manama, Bahrain35 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2013 • Couples
I want to start this off by saying that we went during the off season, so that might be why it was a little more difficult. We started in Chongqing, but really wanted to go see the rainbow mountains because of everything we heard about it! However, it would have been nearly impossible to do this if we weren't with someone who spoke some Chinese. Even with him, it was difficult. The mountains were cool, but I'm not sure that they were worth us going out of our way to see them. My best piece of advice is to buy train tickets in advanced to insure a seat. Our way there we bought them in person a few minutes before the train left and had seats to ourselves, but on the way back, we had to buy them on the train and ended up standing up on an already really packed train for 5 hours.
Written 15 December 2013
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