Explore the unique and colorful cliffs of Zhangye Danxia Landforms
Nature has provided us with various natural beauties to cherish, and few are outstanding and rare. Among such natural unique creations is the Zhangye Danxia Landform. Situated along the two counties Sunan and Linze of the Zhangye city level, these land-forms are known to be the most extraordinary natural formation in whole of China. In the year 2012 it became a geo park covering a land area of around one hundred and twenty four square kilometers.
The unique feature that makes the Zhangye Danxia Landform worth visiting
It is covered with numerous red cliff formations which are precipitous in nature, and are few several meters high. In between these red cliffs also there are stretches of multicolored strata formations, which are periodically smooth or have few sharp ends, making each of the cliffs unique in nature and formation. Formed by erosion through folding of oceanic layers, the red sand stones have taken different shapes. The most unique feature which makes the whole region a worth visiting are the various shapes these cliffs have taken through yearlong erosion.
They have formations like standing cones, castles, even human forms, various birds and animals too. A spectacular view to the eyes this spread of kaleidoscope would surely make your travel to such distance a worth visiting. There are four main viewing platforms which would give a full view of the landscape. The first one is around ten minutes away from the entrance and the other three are approximately same distance from each other. The fourth and the final viewing platform is the largest among them all, situated on the ridge running from east to west stretch and is a perfect place for capturing the beautiful scenario of the sunset and sunrise, through your eyes and camera lenses.
Best time to visit
The best time to visit Danxia is from June to September as the weather during that period is comfortable with a balance of sunny and rainy days. The rains bring out the color of the multi colored cliffs more vibrantly. Winters are not advised for visit as the weather goes down to freezing point. Visit in the morning is preferable for viewing the beautiful sunrise or during the dusk just before the sunset, as the color of the cliffs changes accordingly. Wear light clothing but do remember to carry a scarf to cover your face and mouth, avoiding dust filled winds, which are always blowing through.
How to reach
By air you can take a flight from Lanzhou to Zhangye, there are five flights each day. And Lanzhou is connected to the major cities of China. And by train Zhangye is connected directly with Beijing, Xian and Chongqing and the rates are also cheaper.