Zhangye Danxia Landform
Zhangye Danxia Landform is concentrated predominantly in Linze and Sunan counties in Gansu Province. It is both the largest and the most typical of China's arid area danxia landforms. Because of aridity, the Zhangye Danxia Landform differs from that of south China. It is very dry and desolate, without any vegetation, so geologists call this "window lattice and palace-shaped Danxia topography”.
Zhangye Danxia Landform is surrounded by colorful hills, which seem to rise and fall like waves: with rock strata of different colors mixed in graceful disarray, it is an imposing and magnificent sight. The Zhangye's palace danxia formations and its colorful hills cover about 300 square kilometers.
Its character is unique in China, so it was nominated by the "China National Geographic" as the top 7 Danxia Landforms in the country.
Magnificence is the first characteristic of it. Most mountains here are composed of precipitous cliffs, and many cliffs are several hundred meters high, giving people a strong sight shock.
Singularity is the second characteristic. In the region, Danxia cliffs, stone walls, stone pillars, stone peaks, low mountains, hills are widely distributed, as well as stone bridges of various shapes. Some peaks are like “couple peaks”, whispering with each other; some are like Skyscrapers, standing straight to the sky; some other are like palaces, appearing splendid in its momentum.
Risk is the third characteristic. There are high mountains with dramatic ups and downs, and deep valleys with ravines and gullies criss-cross. It is very daunting that many peaks are just like cut by the nature.
In addition, the Danxia landform has gorgeous colors due to the organic sediments. You can see various colors, like red, yellow, orange, green, white, black, gray, etc, making the place so colorful and splendid. In the day, the mountains are like brightly colored silks or colorful gemstones. Besides, with the changes of time and weather, the colors vary constantly, adding the visual shock of tourists.