Zhangye Danxia Landform spreads between Linze County and Sunan County of Zhangye, with a total area of about 410 square kilometers, including 40 square kilometers of multi-colored hills. It divides into North and South groups; amid the landform is Zhangye Oasis Basin. Landform in that region mainly consists of three elements: red gravel, sandstone and mudstone.
Most mountains in that area feature steep cliffs. Many of these precipices are more than several hundred meters high, which gives you a very strong visual shock. Different kinds of landscapes makes Zhangye Danxia Landform unique. One can admire the widespread distribution of Danxia cliffs, stone walls, stone pillars, peaks, river terraces, eroded caves, the stratum surface, the table mountain terrain and crumbling cliffs.
Red is the main color of Colorful Hills. Under the sunlight, the seemingly endless hills form a sea of fire. Some of the hills feature rock stripes in different colors, looking like bright ribbons fluttering in the desert. The most representative spots of this kind are the Seven-color Screen and the Colorful Sunset, looking like a rainbow hanging in the distance. However, scenes are totally different on the edge of this area. The colors there turn into yellow and grey, resembling crystal shells in the sun. Scenes are even more breathtaking at sunrise and sunset. Then, the staggered lights and shadows thrown on the hills endow this region with a dynamic beauty.
Colorful Hills has four viewing platforms for visitors to admire the scenes and take pictures. There is a sightseeing bus taking you to each of them. You can also walk to every platform.The first platform is about ten minutes' walk from the gate. It would take less than a minute to get there by bus. It is the largest one and may need about 40 minutes to visit.
Zhangye Danxia Landform has formed very colorful mountains. You will be deeply attracted by its spectacular landscape, changeable colors, and peculiar patterns.This kind of unique landform is formed by the obvious arid, semi-arid climate there. Every year, a large number of tourists are attracted to take a good view of the splendid landform.
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