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Picture Perfect: China’s Rock Of Ages

Gansu Province is home to a largely unexplored trove of multi-coloured mountains and cliffs

By Natasha Tan; Photo: Shutterstock


China boasts many unique and picturesque landscapes, one of which is the untouched Zhangye Danxia Landform in Gansu Province.

Formed by red sandstone beds — a combination of erosion and uplift — the Danxia Landform flaunts a majestic kaleidoscope of multi-coloured slopes, which give you the feeling of stepping into a colouring book.

The best time to visit is from June to September, when the combination of sun and rain best brings out the vibrancy of colours on the landform.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of Weekender, Issue 156, July 22 – August 4, 2016, with the headline ‘Rock of ages’.