Zhangye Danxia Geopark

Zhangye Danxia Geopark, Linze County: Address, Phone Number, Zhangye Danxia Geopark Reviews: 4.5/5

Zhangye Danxia Geopark
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30km South of the County, Linze County 734200 China
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kim buay p
Singapore, Singapore10,655 contributions
Unique colourful mountains
Sep 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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James S
Shenzhen, China36 contributions
Expensive ticket unnecessary
Aug 2021
Scenery was absolutely beautiful. We chose the cheaper of the two ticket options (4 spots, rather than 7, for around 1/4 of the price), and it was absolutely not necessary to buy the more expensive ticket. There was a bit of a wait to get the bus between two of the spots, but that may be have because there weren't many people, so they reduced the number of buses. Had a great time.
Written 9 September 2021
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JuanMao 卷毛
82 contributions
[Recommendation] Sunrise at Rainbow Mountains
Aug 2021
See sunrise without the crowd, in places that are not normally visited by public. After my morning tour of 3 hours, I've not visiting the regular viewing platforms (1-4). After the tour you can enjoy a traditional beef noodle.
Written 7 August 2021
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Madison C
Sydney, Australia5 contributions
Breathtaking experience, beautiful colored mountains
Sep 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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Chengdu, China64 contributions
Gorgeous spot to just sit and be!
May 2021 • Family
I’ve been dreaming of coming to the Rainbow Mountains since I moved to China in 2012 and they did not disappoint. Some say 3 hours at the park is enough, but not for me! I love that they have hop on hop off buses so you can enjoy the spots at your own pace. At the first stop (if you come in from the West Gate…No. 2 is what some call it), there is a coffee shop up a ways with great coffee and some shady spots to enjoy the view. At every stop there are food, vending machines, and restrooms.

When you buy a ticket, it is also good for the next day (but you’ll need to pay 20¥ for the bus fee on the second day at the ticket counter). You can go in at 5:30 and experience the morning sunlight on the mountains. So gorgeous and much quieter without all the hustle and bustle of the midday crowds. The no. 4 platform was by far my favorite stop on the bus route to just sit and be and enjoy.

Definitely worth the trip!
Written 22 June 2021
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Warsaw, Poland25 contributions
Rainbow mountains with China Highlights
May 2021
Another example of how nature can surprise. The view is amazing. Different colors. Simply - amazing place.
We visited this place thanks to Alisa, our trip advisor from China Highlights. Perfect time!
Written 13 May 2021
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Stephen C
1,055 contributions
Amazing sights
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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Foshan, China146 contributions
An breath-taking experience, if you are lucky
Aug 2020
You can be prepared for a very organised tourism experience. There is no need for an English speaking guide.

This was the August end, and it had rained just on the day of my arrival. My hotel manager arranged for a car for me for the next morning. I would be driven to the Danxia Landform. I left early next morning, to take advantage of the cool morning. I was told that it had snowed in the mountains surrounding the city of Zhangye. The hotel manager also assured me that since it had rained, the dust and sand should be washed away and the colours of the hills would be very vivid.

It was an hour's drive from the hotel to the Danxia Landform. There is a huge tourist centre building, and there were not many crowds, which normally one expects in Tourist attractions in China.

You can walk up to the ticketing window, show your passport or Chinese ID card and buy the tickets. If you are 60+ of age, you get a discount. If my memory is right, the price was less than 50 yuan. (I am 60+).

I also did walk over to the tourist information desk and they had no English maps of the area. However, one of the young ladies was kind enough to go into a back office and fetch a "guide" in English.

When I was there, there were four main attractions, or viewing areas which were functional. I have no idea if some were or not open. As you pass the actual entrance gate, you are immediately in a bus loading area, where there were small queues for boarding the buses.

We just need to hop on the bus, and it would take you to the first attraction. It was the first part of the day. The sky was clear and the sunshine was feeling glorious. However, later on during the day, the sun can get scorching, so keep your hat, or umbrella handy and your sunscreen too.

The round tour buses keep travelling from one point to the next, and we do not have to wait more than five minutes for the next ride. In my tour, the second platform was the largest and highest. But fact is, the last one was the most breathtakingly spectacular.

I have seen many internet photos which have all sorts of unreal colours.

All my pictures are NOT photoshopped, only taken in exposure bracketing, and merged into HDR. The colours you see are real. Of course, the HDR would give some sort of depth to the colours, due to the very nature of technology, but once again, these photos are real.

I was indeed very fortunate that I arrived on a rainy day, and even more fortunate that the next day was really clear. Maybe you cannot time your trip like that, but just hope that you have the same eye popping, visually breath-taking, stunning experience which I had.

Since I had a plane to catch back to Lanzhou, I left the area around 13:00. On an average, you can spend about 5 hours comfortably, and treat yourself to the visual feast which that area presents.

I also learnt that there is a helicopter viewing service which costs around 880 yuan per seat. I did see one sortie during the four hours there. Frankly, I do not think that is a good idea, because I assume it would not let you be close enough to the views. Yes, the views would be panoramic.
Written 28 September 2020
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Thomas Halouva
1 contribution
Travel There by Bus
Sep 2020 • Couples
There is a bus from Zhangye West Bus Station (张掖汽车站,西环路381号). They are about every hour or so. It's not the best shuttle bus ever but ¥60 for two people there and back open return is better than paying for a taxi driver.
Written 2 September 2020
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Mesa, AZ1,794 contributions
Top Attraction in Zhangye Area
Oct 2019
The Zhangye Danxia Geopark is a top attraction in the Zhangye region. As mentioned in prior TripAdvisor reviews, this Geopark has shuttle buses starting from the main entrance and travels to four (4) different stops (viewpoints) along the way - hop-on and hop-off to each of the four stops.

The first stop was somewhat disappointing in that only a few of the hills or mountains had shown the color separation that were seen on some web-photos that I had viewed. Being a serious amateur myself, I knew that to bring out the colors that can be seen on the web-photos require just a little color enhancement using one of the many photo touch-up software. However, the first stop had so little color separation that bringing out the "natural colors" would not be possible.

The second stop was more interesting in that it was easier to view hills (mountains) with some color-banding -- enough to bring out some nice colors (see photos attached). For the third and fourth viewpoint stops, each one had more hills with the color banding that can easily seen - just needs a little software touch-up to really bring out the colors that are inherent in the natural "banding" in the hills (mountains). The fourth stop was the most stunning of all the view stops because it had by far the most color-banded hills/mountains in the Park.

We were very happy that we had visited the Zhangye Danxia Geopark to see this natural wonder with its unique mountain colors and formations. Highly recommend a visit to this Geopark. This Park is very well maintained and has convenient restrooms at the main entrance and at each of the four viewpoint stops.
Written 31 December 2019
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