zhangye danxia landform in gansu china

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The opening frame of this - the red and yellow hills, is China’s Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park. That part of the clip shows up in the last minute of this tour through the landscape of western China. Original caption:

Gansu Province is located in the northwestern China. To the west of Lanzhou and west of the Yellow River is the famous “Hexi Corridor,” an important strategic passage on the ancient Silk Road stretching to the west. This area abounds in rich historical and cultural heritage, including grottoes, ancient buildings and other cultural relics.

Through these lands, and in the Gobi Desert, you can admire some natural landscapes characterized by a tormented geological history.

The colorful Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park in the Gansu province, China. Known for its saturated rock formations, it has been voted by Chinese media outlets as one of the most beautiful landforms in China.

The unusual colours of the rocks are the result of red sandstone and mineral deposits being laid down over 24 million years.

Photo by Macau-based photographer Melinda Chan.

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These incredible landscapes look as if they have been painted in the sweeping pastel brush strokes of an impressionistic artwork.

But in fact these remarkable pictures show the actual scenery of Danxia Landform at Nantaizi village of Nijiaying town, in Linzhe county of Zhangye, Gansu province of China.

Formed of layers of reddish sandstone, the terrain has over time been eroded into a series of mountains surrounded by curvaceous cliffs and unusual rock formations.

Read more:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2174115/Unique-rock-formations-China-look-drawn-sweeping-hand-impressionist-artist.html#ixzz3ViLDcD5l