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Zhangye Danxia

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At Asia Senses Travel we’re adventurers at heart. Our journeys are all about discovering new places and cultures while creating unforgettable memories through physical activity and breathtaking scenery.

Visit zhangye danxia

Visiting exotic Zhangye Danxia in the undiscovered territory of Northwestern China is a unique experience unknown to many travelers. The incredible colorful mountains and cliffs paint the landscape red. Unlike any other geological site in the world, the cliffs have an unreal beauty and range from vibrant blues to stunning crimsons. The ancient landmarks are composed mainly of sandstone and have been traced back in time to over six million years ago. There are hundreds of small, shallow caves spotting the mountains.

The area was actually the first stop on the Silk Road trodden by so many traders for centuries. The accommodations are not typically luxurious, but traveling to see these rare geological formations is worth a more rustic adventure. Very few travelers have visited this difficult-to-reach area. Simply flying into the area alone will offer stunning views and a glimpse into nature unlike anywhere else in the world. The area is also full of lush valleys and rolling hills.

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Things to See and Do in Zhangye Danxia

First-Beacon-Tower-of-Ming-Dynasty-Great-Wall

First Beacon Tower of Ming Dynasty Great Wall

Just outside of the Jiayuguan Fort, this fire tower was built in 1539 during the height of the Ming Dynasty. Nearby, the Talai River and on top of a 260 foot cliff, the tower is badly damaged but the main structure is almost completely in tact. Once one of 39, this tower is one of the last surviving fire towers.

Horses-Hoof-Temple-(Matisi-Temple)

Horses Hoof Temple (Matisi Temple)

One of the most well-known landmarks of the Silk Road, The Horses Hoof Temple is a rich cultural site. According to legend, a horse descended from heaven and left a hoof print mark when it stepped down into the temple. There is a relic surrounding the famous footprint inside the temple. This is the only known horse hoof relic in existence.

Dafo-Temple

Dafo Temple (Giant Buddha Temple)

This is the largest architectural relic in the Gansu province. The temple has a mysterious air for its isolated location. This is where you will find China’s largest reclining Buddha plated in gold and painted in glazed color tiles. It’s in excellent condition after being restored several times over the years, with origins that trace back 900 years.

Jiayuguan-Fortress

Jiayuguan Fortress

The fortress is built at the first pass of the west end of the Great Wall of China. This is a wonderful spot to view the wall without any crowds. Jiayuguan means “excellent valley pass,” which is exactly what it is with its spacious, remote location nestled in between two hills. The fortress is built from 99,999 bricks, as predicted it would require by the original designer in the famous ancient story regarding the temple’s construction.


Best Time to Visit Zhangye Danxia

June to September of each year is Zhangye’s summer with cool weather and rich water. It is not cold to watch the sunrise or sunset in Zhangye, so summer and fall are the best season to travel the Rainbow Mountain China. While in winter, the weather becomes windy, cold and dry. Thus it is not suitable for sightseeing.

Max Temperature(ºC)
Jan
0
Feb
3
Mar
10
Apr
17
May
23
Jun
27
Jul
29
Aug
28
Sep
23
Oct
16
Nov
7
Dec
0
Rainfall (mm)
Jan
2
Feb
1
Mar
3
Apr
4
May
13
Jun
22
Jul
27
Aug
32
Sep
17
Oct
6
Nov
2
Dec
2
Month
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

JAN
0ºC
2mm

FEB
3ºC
1mm

MAR
10ºC
3mm

APR
17ºC
4mm

MAY
23ºC
13mm

JUN
27ºC
22mm

JUL
29ºC
27mm

AUG
28ºC
32mm

SEP
23ºC
17mm

OCT
16ºC
6mm

NOV
7ºC
2mm

DEC
0ºC
2mm

Suggested Itineraries

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel to Zhangye Danxia, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists. Alternatively, if you would like to include a visit to Zhangye Danxia on a bespoke touring itinerary to China, do not hesitate to contact us.