The Zhangye Danxia Landform is a masterpiece of various colorful mountains which looks like a beautiful canvas painting.It is considered as a Geological Park of China.It is It is one of the places that are hard to believe.It is a famous landscape in China.
Zhangye Danxia Landform is situated in Linze and Sunan countries of Gansu Province.They are both the largest and China’s most typical arid area danxia landform and it differs due to the aridity.Since the place is very dry with no vegetation,geologists call this place as ‘window lattice and palace shaped Danxia topography”.Danxia means rosy cloud which suits the place with its red color surrounding the area.
The Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park is 40 kilometers from Zhangye city where the park is of 400 square kilometers in Gansu. It has red sand stones and mineral deposits due to natural forces.This landform is formed due to the mineral deposits and many varieties of red sandstones piled up one after another for millions of years and then due to the catastrophic impact done slowly ,and the collosion disrupted all the materials over there which seems like crumpy patterns.
The Zhangye Danxia Landform is really a splendid art work by the earth.This landform is known as danxia as it is a combination of active movements under the surface of the earth’s crust with much forces which creates rocks with different colors,sizes,shapes and patterns.Due to these differences,the scenery is created with unique forms which has towering peaks,cave holes,rock pillars,stone walls,valleys and waterfalls which are rough and smooth.It seems like a artistic perfection yet with several disorders.
The landform is surrounded with colorful hills with colors of yellow,orange,red,emerald,blue,green which are like waves and rocks with different colors mixed in a beautiful way.These formations and wonderful colorful hills cover about 300 square kilometers.
The Danxia landform also consists of various landscapes but the Zhangye landform is the unique and largest landform.It is a unique petrographic geomorphology which means some inscription,in China.The Danxia landform is formed from red colored sand stones and some rock of gravels which are found in China.These look like karst topography,which means,caves formed through dissolving of limestone and the rocks and sand stones formed are gravels,they are known as “pseudo-karst” landforms.
There are many numerous board walks built for the tourists to explore the rock formations.Also,there are boat rides in this area and this place is also a home to number of temples.
The Zhangye Danxia Landform has been included in World Heritage List by the World Heritage Committee at its 34th meeting in Brasilia of Brazil on 1st August 2010.Due to the unique rock formations,this is also considered as the ‘ World Famous UNESCO Geopark of China’.This landform received protection from UNESCO Heritage Site in 2009.
The geological park is an amazing view to the tourists which has crisscross series of roads with boardwalks and paths.It also is an excellent place for hiking.In the park,there is a lone tree with its amazing autumn leaves that stands for its uniqueness.But,it is a fake one only kept for an attraction.
This landscape seems like a lunar one which rests in a sci-fi movie.The red rock formations are arranged row wise with strokes of green ,yellow,white,pink and green.The stroke patterns on the mountains are regular for hundreds of meters.
Zhangye Danxia is also southern karst unique beauty along with the northwest plateau.There are high steep mountains,lakes,many sculptures.From the distant,it looks like a colorful flowered sea witth beautiful clouds up in the sky which improvises the beauty of the scenery.There are stone pillars into the clustered pillars which are beautifully carved naturally.
The interesting fact is that the area of the park is rising a meter for every 10,000 years.Even though it is not much,according to the geologists,it is said that it is a quick raise.
Zhangye has many historical sites like Great Wall Beacon Towers,the wooden pagoda of Sui Dynasty,Yuezhi Blackwater Country Ruins,the Buddhist temple of Xixa and the bell tower Ming Dynasty and many more.
In Gansu Province,Yugurs is one of the minority and has a popolation of 10,000.The people there believe in primitive religion and Tibetan Buddhism.These Yugurs are nomads who live in tents,and wear only robes and their food habits is that they just eat beef and mutton and drink barley wine and butter tree.Once in a while,they wear wonderful colorful costumes and lead a happy life.These people are honest and hospitable to the guests.Their culture is somewhat similar to that of the Hungarian people.
The Danxia landform of Zhangye is the remarkable artwork by the nature with its extraordinary sceneru,unique shapes and the bright color strokes to hills,valleys which makes the landform even more beautiful.The presence there seems like a fairy tale and we just forget our surroundings mesmerizing its beauty.Not only that,it is also a great place to know the culture of China and traditions.This is once in a while opportunity which we need to grab.