2. Zhangye, Gansu Province (甘肃张掖)|
An earthly rainbow.
In deep inland China, some 2,500 kilometers northwest of the glizty skyscrapers in Shanghai, lies one of the nation's most spectacular natural phenomena. This landform, called danxia, was formed around 6 million years ago.At the Danxia Geological Park in Gansu Province, wavy sandstone features in an area roughly the size of Manhattan spread out in more shades than a box of crayons.
Most areas are covered with red, yellow and orange stripes, but some hills are also tinted with green, magenta, black and even turquoise.
Getting there: The park is located near Zhangye, a city about 500 kilometers northwest of Gansu’s provincial capital Lanzhou. Trains leave regularly from Lanzhou to Zhangye. The journey takes five to eight hours depending on the train's speed.
From Zhangye, take a bus from Zhangye Bus Station to Danxia Geological Park. Buses leave every 30 minutes from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. The journey takes one hour and costs RMB 9.
Admission to the park is RMB 40.