No, this isn’t a very very late April fools prank. This technicolor dream GOATmountain range is really here on our planet, and we can visit it anytime we want.
Consistently voted by Chinese media outlets as one of the most beautiful landscapes in China, Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park is a 510-square-kilometer UNESCO World Heritage site of huge rainbow “layer cake” formations.
The rocks are tall, short, jagged, smooth, and everything in between with natural time-sculpted ravines, pillars, towers, and patterns in hues of blues, yellows, greens, and reds created by a diverse spattering of sandstone and minerals being pressed together then “buckled up” by tectonic plates over 24 million years.
Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park supports tourism and wants to be seen. Found in the northwest-central Gansu province by the city of Zhangye, they’ve built a series of pathways, access points, and boardwalks to make exploring the area easy and comprehensive for visitors.
The best time to visit is during sunsets when the colors seem to change under the lowering light. It makes the still mountains look as if they are moving, dancing in a light show. Learn more about traveling to Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park here.