The Zhangye Danxia Landform is deservedly famous for its amazing colours, and there’s a lot more to see in the area - Silk Road sights, temples, fortresses, and more!
Our five-day trip focuses on the fortress at Jiayuguan, the temples and grottoes in and around Zhangye city, and (of course!) the multi-coloured mountains of the Zhangye Danxia Landform.
The photos below are from our May 2015 visit.
The Danxia Landform.
A view from inside the geopark.
Lines of colours.
Hiking in the hills.
Hiking at nearby Binggou.
Strange rock formations.
Hiking down from a ridgeline.
Wide angle shot of the Binggou area. Way in the background you can see the snowy Qilian Mountains.
Hiking near White Stone Mountain.
Photo time while walking along a ridge.
Deep into the hills.
Horse Hoof Temple, near Zhangye city.
From the temple we hiked up to a meadow, nearly 3,000m above sea level.
A monk near the temple.
A view of Qilian Mountains, from near the temple.