An ancient city near the otherworldly landscapes of the Danxia National Geological Park
In the middle of the Héxī Corridor, Zhangye has a relaxed atmosphere and a history as an outpost connecting Central Asia to the Chinese empire via the Silk Road. Said to be the birthplace of Kublai Khan, and visited in 1274 by Marco Polo, the city is a great base when exploring the magical Danxia National Geological Park. There are many Yugu in the city, a minority people only found in large numbers in Gansu.
Here we have selected a few of the sights and experiences that you really should see on a visit to Beijing.
Danxia National Geological Park
The Danxia National Geo-park's landscape is filled with precipitous red cliffs, soaring several hundred meters high, topped by multicoloured ridges stretching as far as the eye can see. These formations, sometimes smooth sometimes sharp, stand out against the greens or greys of the plains, looking grand and magnificent, if somewhat otherworldly.
Wooden Pagoda Temple
The Wooden Pagoda Temple stands among the remains of Wanshou Temple in Zhangye Town. Originally built in 582, the pagoda was brought down by strong winds in 1911 and reconstructed in 1926. The 'new' octagonal nine-storey pagoda stands a remarkable 32.8 meters high, and is elaborately carved with delicate flowers and sayings.
Giant Buddha Temple
Also known as the Dafo Temple, the Giant Buddha Temple is the largest architectural relic in Gansu Province of the Western Xia period. Housing China's largest reclining Buddha, it is also home to the Zhangye Museum.
A selection of our tours to Zhangye