China’s Rainbow-Colored Zhangye Danxia Landform

June 10, 2014

The intensely colorful ripples of the Zhangye Danxia Landform are out-of-this-world indeed.

These extraordinary mountains also known as the “Red Stone Park” exists in Zhangye, in the Gansu province, China. It is a famous tourist destination in the region and is one of UNESCO’s remarkable World Heritage Sites.

The Danxia Landform is a unique type of petrographic geomorphology made of reddish sandstone and conglomerate which dates back to the Cretaceous period 70-90 million years ago. Layers of red sandstone eroded over time to form a series of curvaceous mountains with an occasional unusual rock formation.

Tourists enjoy scenic walks and boat rides in the park, as well as tours to the numerous temples in the area. 

 

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Sources: Daily Mail | GlobalGeopark.org