E34***63Rainbow mountains was one of my China highlights. They are spectacular. The best time to go is the afternoon because the light is better, and ideally after its been raining. There are 4 viewing platform areas 1,2,4,5 with #4 being the best. You must get the shuttle bus to each stop, not permitted to walk. The views are breathtakingly beautiful. I was in awe. Make sure you got lots of room on your camera! It can get crowded as you'd expect but there are lots of quiet spots too. It's well signposted and easy to navigate. Lots of drink vendors available including some decent coffee at stop #1. Bring sun protection as you're really exposed here. And wear comfortable shoes. 60RMB for a ticket. It's around 40KM from the city
_We***73This place brought so many memories from home. I Loved walking on the sand dunes and honestly you really don't need the boots that they try to sell you.Fortunately, I got there when not many people were there, so I got to walk around the area without the disruption of other tourists. I also appreciate that this attraction is not very far away from downtown Dunhuang, which makes the experience time efficient.Definitely worth at least one visit.
E49***64The Mogao Grottoes have beautiful caves and a lot of background history. You can pay extra for an English tour guide - it is worth it. The “Magao Grottoes” ice creams are so yummy (you can find them close at the exit). #Gansu#MagaoGrottoes
Sabhywe visited Maiji mountain grottoes with friends. The place is filled with histories. The sculptures on the wall amazing. You can see beautiful landscape from the top of the grottoes. The entrance fee is about 80 yuan. If you take high speed train from lanzhou, it’s about one and half hour journey. From Tianshuinan station, transportation are available towards Maijishan.
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Getting There - it’s a small city so a taxi from the airport is like .20, minutes
Attractions - The crescent moon area is amazing! you can ride camels and Atvs , go sand boarding and ride on a helicopter!!! I enjoyed this spot !!
Hotels - I stayed at the dodo inn . it’s average
Food & Restaurants - good restaurants everywhere especially at the night market!!
Shopping - the Shazhou
Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park is in the eastern foothills of the Qilian Mountains in Gansu Province, China. The geological park has a spectacular Danxia (/dan-sshyaa/ 'red cloud') landform area that covers about 50 square kilometers (19 square miles).
The danxia landforms are a masterpiece of nature. The colorful mountain ridges are just like an overturned palette from heaven.
Our guides know the best viewing platforms and the best route to see the most beautiful parts of this area.
Zhangye's Danxia landscape has lots of precipitous red cliffs, most of which are several hundred meters high, and multicolored ridges of weathered strata, sometimes stretching to the horizon. These formations, sometimes smooth sometimes sharp, stand out against the greens or grays of the plains , looking grand and magnificent, vigorous and virile.
Across the danxia landscape zone, a kaleidoscope of numerous red rocky outcrops resemble weird and wonderful shapes like castles, cones, towers; as well as humans, creatures, birds and beasts. Their peaks peeping through the mist and clouds, produce mirage-like scenery of fantastic mountains and pavilions.
About 540 million years ago, the area was once part of the ocean. Due to tectonic plate collision, the land folded and formed mountains, and lifted above sea level.
Red sandstone was deposited when rivers formed in the area. When the ground sank into a basin, mudstone was deposited on the red sandstone. During different periods, varying sedimentary rocks were formed that contained different amounts of ferrous salt in the mud and stone. This is why the layers have different colors.
Because of the changes in sedimentary environments, the sedimentary layers formed have different colors of red, purplish red, yellowish green, grayish green, and gray. Every layer took thousands of years to form.
The movement of the Himalayas lifted the area higher and rivers formed. The river erosion formed gorges, and the early Danxia landscape was created. After further geological periods, river erosion and wind erosion formed the colorful layers we see today.
This is the highlight that attracts visitors from all over the world. The colorful layers are how the Zhangye Danxia landform area became known as the "Rainbow Mountains".
Address - Mingsha Mountain and Crescent Moon Spring
Highlights - buy a ticket at the entrance gate, it’s valid for 2 days! enjoy many activities like ATV riding, helicopter tour, or just climb to the top of the sand dunes to enjoy the sunset and stars at night
Rating - 5/5
Address - Dunhuang Night Market
Highlights - enjoy some local dishes and snacks (and beer if you like)
Rating - 4/5
Address - Youjian Dunhuang Theatre
Highlights - watch an AMAZING immersive performance about the history of the city and Silk Road
Rating - 5/5
If you look at the photos, you might think this is an edit. In fact, this place really exists in China. Precisely in the city of Zhangye, Gansu Province.
This unique tourist destination is called Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park or known as Rainbow Mountain. The area is about 510 sq km.
The colors on this mountain rock are formed from sand mixed with other minerals over 24 million years. #triplocal
Geology lovers and avid Instagrammers alike will be drawn to the otherworldly hues of the "Rainbow Mountains." The colors were formed by the layering of sedimentary mineral deposits over millions of years, but it's hard to look at the flowing reds, yellows, and oranges and not feel like you're witnessing magic.
One of the most beautiful tourist attractions in the world that is most in demand in China is Zhangye Danxia mountain. Unlike a normal mountain filled with trees, the Zhangye Danxia Mountains looked very barren. However, the aridity that adds to the beauty of this mountain. Because this mountain provides a color dish that is so beautiful like the color of the rainbow, therefore this mountain is also dubbed the mountain of the rainbow. #triplocal
Getting There - 30min drive from West gate of Danxia Park
Attractions - futuristic park with mountains of different colours and shapes.
We were staying near Danxia Park and were offered to go to the Binggou Scenic Area.
It took us about 30min to get there, the entrance was about 170rmb. You can drive your car around the park or use a public transport (van, car or bus). Important: the ticket office is about 25min away from the park entrance, make sure you buy your ticket first and then go to the entrance.
The scenery was very satisfying, we enjoyed walking around different areas of the park. There was no crowds and it felt like we are the only people there!
Address - West Side of Danxia Park (600meters from the entrance)
Ambiance/Facilities - yurts, shared bathroom, restaurant (hot pot dinner)
Highlights - spend a night right next to UNESCO World Heritage Geological Park
Avg. Price per Person - 300rmb
Rating - 8/10
I definitely recommend staying at this place to anyone who is going to Danxia park. You can literally walk to the entrance of the park and it's also very close to another beautiful place - Binggou Scenic Area.
The yurts are warm and cosy. The breakfast was good and the hotpot dinner was nice as well (although a bit pricy).
The bathroom and the toilets are outside of the yurts, but everything was really clean.
Getting There - 3hr train from Lanzhou, flight from any major city
Attractions - colourful mountains
Hotels - yurts
Food & Restaurants - traditional Gansu cousin
It's like a dream come true! It's definitely worth coming to Gansu to see this picturesque place. We came here in May, it was a bit cold and I guess it was still low season, but the colours were still fantastic. The bus took us around the park so we could see different areas, colours and shapes of the mountains!
It wasn't busy at the time we were there, but I guess it gets crowded during the summer time and public holidays. However, if you decide to go there during the high season, you can experience hot air balloon and other popular activities there (it was still closed when we were there, normal price -200rmb p.p. for the balloon).
Make sure you visit this beautiful place!