Zhangye Danxia Landforms…a place unlike any other
When: June 2016 Weather: Moderate. 20-30C
Sony A7II/70-400G. Leica M/35mm, 90mm
In Lanzhou for a meeting, we took a couple of days off and travelled to Zhangye, about 200km away by highspeed express train to visit the Zhangye Danxia landform, a fairly recent discovery and addition to the top ten natural wonders in China and Unesco World Heritage sites. I normally don’t blog about tourist sites or scenic locations but this was so different that I’m making an exception.
Zhangye is a small city to the west of Lanzhou, along the old Silk Road. The Danxia landform is about 38km away from it by car or taxi. We were advised to go in the late afternoon when it wasn’t so hot and to catch the sunset at 830pm and so we did…
After getting tickets, you go inside and board any of a continuously running shuttle bus service to go to the various stations….we started at Stop 1…you need to be reasonably fit as it’s a fairly long walk uphill to all the stops….
After having spent an hour and a half or so climbing up to about half a dozen viewing decks, we boarded the shuttle to a new deck, stop 5…
after half an hour at stop 5, we moved on to stop 4, reputed to be the best for viewing the setting sun’s effect on the mountains…
For sure, it’s a bit of an effort to get to, but this is such an unusual and spectacular place that I’m surprised it isn’t on the major tourist itineraries yet….don’t miss it..especially if you are anywhere Lanzhou or Gansu province in China.
Cannot recommend it any higher.