Yadan National Geological Park

Yadan National Geological Park

Yadan National Geological Park
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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AZCasualTraveler
Mesa, AZ1,911 contributions
Oct 2019
The Yadan (Dunhuang) Geological Park is a large, remote desert area that had been designated by UNESCO as both a World Cultural Heritage Site and a Global Geopark for its importance in the history (Silk Road) and a unique, natural scenic area. in the GeoPark, there is a modern visitor center with displays describing the area's history. Just outside the rear door of the visitor center, is the Small Fangpan Castle and is located in Yumen Pass.

Also from the Visitor Center, there are shuttle buses that takes you to the ancient Han Dynasty Great Wall section. As can be seen in my photos of this section of the Great Wall, the design and construction is very much different than the sections of the Great Wall that is located in central and eastern China.

So if you are interested in seeing ancient and historic sites of the Silk Road era like I am, then these attractions are for you.
Written 15 January 2020
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swirlwind
Perth, Australia394 contributions
Nov 2019
Magnificent site for nature lovers. Absolutely stunning! Situated on Northwest of Dunhuang city toward XinJiang autonomous region. It takes 2.5/3 hours by car. You can only get here either by joining a prepaid tour overseas or to join one locally(much cheaper but no foreign language, take a guide book yourself). Or you can find/hire an interpreter and pay for he/her entrance 130Yuan. We did a full day tour from 7am-7pm includes 4/5 sites. Highly recommended.
Written 14 November 2019
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irazhar
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia198 contributions
Jul 2019
Very vast area . Unfortunately, you are limited to visit where the park shuttle bus takes you. Too short time to feel the grandeur of the area.
Written 14 October 2019
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The Vista Seeker
New York City, NY325 contributions
Jul 2019 • Friends
I saw pictures of Yadan before I visited in person so I was not terribly disappointed.

I have been to similar places such as Bryce Canyon and Arches National Monument in US. They are much more colorful, extensive, and breath-taking than Yadan.
Written 4 August 2019
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Fess S
Tucson, AZ360 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
We booked the bus with the tourist office for CNY78. They said to meet at 7:00 in the morning but I determined they were to leave at 7:30 so we arrived at 7:25 and the bus left closer to 8:00. They provide a very small breakfast and later in the day a bottle of water. They will collect the money for all 3 sites CNY 260 and the first stop was at Yangguan(Sun Pass). The price includes CNY10 for a bus to the beacon but you can easily walk in 10 minutes and just tell them if you wish to walk before they by the bus ticket and save yourself 10. The second site was to Yumenguan(Jade Gate Pass). The last stop was to Yadan. Lunch was at Yumenguan and the food is a bit pricey so you might wish to bring your own food/drinks. At Yadan near the ticket office they had a water dispenser and we filled our bottles. We returned at almost 21:00 so a very long day. They could have been more efficient and cut a few hours off the day but the bus ticket was a great deal. The sites were nice but not sure if worth all the money but we weren’t unhappy we went.
Written 3 July 2019
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Lawrence S
Santa Clara, CA161 contributions
May 2019 • Business
Getting to Yadan National Geologic Park is a trek from Dunhuang. It is a 180 km trip and it included a pit stop so about 2.5 hours on the bus. There is only desert on the way out there. It is really desolate. The park itself is interesting. You are put on a bus and driven to about 5 different areas of the park where there are interesting monuments carved from the wind and sand. The guides won't let you get too close to any of the monuments. Considering the length of time it took to get out here, we only spent about 90 minutes touring the site. I must say that some of the sites are quite interesting if you like geology. I combined this trip with a trip to the Yumen Gate. The guide spoke in mandarin so you may need to bring someone who can translate.
Written 12 June 2019
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sqweeling
Singapore, Singapore145 contributions
May 2019 • Friends
This venue is far away from city and is usually grouped together with Yu Men Gate as they are in the same direction. It doesn’t have that much history about Silk Road related to it. It is mostly about how the desert environment resulted in the creation of this natural grandeur. it’s an easy visit as the bus ride will have a tour guide explaining in Mandarin. It’s not that good for people who don’t understand the language though. We have several friends who don’t understand mandarin, they were not able to get translation devices.

The heat though can be quite sapping so do bring things that can keep you cool like mini fans or cold drinks. I will give it a miss due to the distance and I’m more interested in historical sites instead.
Written 20 May 2019
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Evigayo
Jakarta, Indonesia8 contributions
Mar 2019 • Friends
The plase is so big and amazing. It looks like pinacles in Perth..however here is bigger. Beside ..we could also see the ancient great wall, one of unesco heritage site.
Written 15 May 2019
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Jeannie M
Auckland Central, New Zealand145 contributions
Apr 2019 • Friends
The day trip was fascinating - so much space, so little there! Seeing the earthen Great Wall was a first for me, having only seen the stone sections near Beijing. Our guide was very informative about the history of the Silk Road and she had a number of interesting anecdotes that made the area come alive for me. On the day trip we visited Yumen Pass as well. A fascinating history and the landscape is stunning.
Written 14 May 2019
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Gorgan
Florence, Italy114 contributions
May 2019 • Solo
Yadan National Geological Park is located very far away from Dunhuang. You will need to charter a taxi which is something that will cost you around 400 /500 RMB. The entrance ticket is 110 RMB. After purchasing the ticket visitors will get on a bus to visit the whole area. The trip takes less than 90 minutes. The bus will stop 3 or 4 times in specific places to allow visitors to walk around a bit and take pictures. The scenery is pretty much the same. I would say nothing special. If I were you I wouldn’t go there. You can save money and time.
Written 13 May 2019
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