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Zhangye Danxia 张掖丹霞

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I came across this and just had to share.

Can you believe this place exists?? Why does everyone not know about it?!

The above pictures are of a place in Gansu province, China, called Zhangye. The maps below gives a rough idea of where it is in general, and in relation to Beijing (where I am).

The landform itself is called Zhangye Danxia – 张掖丹霞.
Danxia is a general term for these landforms of red sandstone, and there are more across China!

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About Ibtehaal

I graduated with a degree in Chinese and Economics, which involved spending a year studying Chinese in Beijing. This turned out to be the hardest but most rewarding thing I think I have ever done. I've now returned to China for another year, to study in Shanghai and figure out my next steps.

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  1. WOW! This place looks stunning! How do the different colours come about?

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    • Apparently it’s the result of 24 million years of red sandstone plus other mineral deposits being compressed into these rocks. Then a ripple effect from the collision of the Indo-Australian and Eurasian tectonic plates made them into the mountains seen here. The colours supposedly glow more after a rainfall (swoooon), and when the sun sets, the shadows make it all the more beautiful!!

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      • You see something like this and you’ve just got to be in awe of nature. Sure we can build skyscrapers but we can’t manufacture awesome rainbow coloured sandstone.

        I’d love to apparate there and watch the sun set. *dreams*

  2. V impressive, wish I was there to see and experience this wonderful site!!!

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