Beautiful Rainbow Mountains and Hills in Zhangye Danxia, China

Beautiful Rainbow Mountains and Hills in Zhangye Danxia, China

Rainbow Mountains in China

There is a place like from Arabian fairy-tale, the place I couldn't believe exists before I saw it with my own eyes. Welcome to the Zhangye Danxia National Geopark, where you can find beautiful rainbow mountains and hills in China.

Rainbow mountains are probably the most colorful and beautiful landforms in China. They are known for their striking hills and rock formations filled with different colors, which makes this tourist attraction wonderful for photographers. Zhangye Danxia National Geopark is placed northwest part of China (in the northern foothills of the Qilian Mountains) and it occupies the area of 320 square kilometers.

The whole rainbow mountains and hills are naturally formed and filled with red, yellow, green, orange and emerald colors. It all looks like from a fairytale or like an impressionistic painting. In 2010 the Zhangye Danxia National Geopark was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Site. It looks best after rainfalls, so if in the weather forecast they announce rains, it is worth to get here to see even better colors.

Colorful hills in China

How Rainbow Mountains and Hills were created?

The Rainbow Hills in China were forming more than 20 million years from red conglomerates and sandstones, probably started in the Cretaceous age. Zhangye Danxia National Geopark was formed under many different geologic conditions, like tectonic plate activity, oxidation, wind and water erosion and freeze-thaw peeling.

All of this made the Rainbow Mountains the unique place filled with colors that you won't find anywhere in the World. 

Zhangye Danxia National Geopark nowadays

Nowadays the Rainbow Mountains in China became one of the most popular tourist attractions and for me one of the most interesting places in the area. During last few years this place was highly developed and many new boardwalks and roads have been constructed to gain tourists even bigger access to the landscapes.

Zhangye Qicai Danxia Panorama

While being in Zhangye Danxia National Geopark remember, that the best views are from 4 viewing platforms. The first one is about 10 minutes walk from the entrance and the second one is after another 10 minutes of walking. 

Third view platform in Rainbow Mountains is a bit closer (about 6-7 minutes walk) and this is the place where you can find Seven Color Fan. If you don't have a full day, it's better to get to the fourth platform by bus, otherwise, you will have to walk more than 40 minutes. The fourth viewpoint in Zhangye Danxia National Geopark in China is the most popular one, as you can see here Qicai Shan, called also the Seven Color Mountain.

The area is also restricted and limited only to specific areas. Also, don't forget to visit the mineral museum, which can be found near the park entrance.

Zhangye Danxia National Park, China

Practical information

Here you will find some practical information on how to get to the Zhangye Danxia National Geopark, what are opening hours and how much is the ticket to the Rainbow Mountains.

Tickets cost

Tickets to the Zhangye Danxia National Geopark costs about 9,5 dollars, which includes 20 CNY for the bus (you have to buy this ticket) and 40 CNY fee for the entrance. Children to 1,2 meters high can get inside for free.

Opening hours

We cannot get to the Rainbow Hills any time we want, so it's better to check an opening times before our travel to this interesting place.

  • October to April - from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM.
  • May to October - from 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
Zhangye Danxia National Geopark in China

How to get here?

The rainbow mountains in Zhangye Danxia National Park in China are located about 50 minutes (33 kilometers) west by car from the city of Zhangye, in the northwestern portion of Gansu Province. We can also get here by bus or, if we have a lot of money, we can hire a taxi.


Zhangye Danxia National Park with its beautiful Rainbow Mountains and Hills in China is an awesome tourist attraction and definitely a hidden gem of China. It's a very interesting place for all photographers and nature-lovers. If you enjoyed my travel blog or have questions about the rainbow hills or China, feel free to leave me a comment in the section below.

Wojciech Kuźma

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  •   30th March 2018, 12:15

    I was in Rainbow Mountains and Hills in Zhangye Danxia, China two years ago, but no luck to go there after the rain. but still it was so colorful and beautiful, so I dont regret at all!

  •   11th May 2018, 10:36

    I know this web page offers quality depending content and other information, is there aany other web site which provides such information in quality?

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