Zhangye Travel Guide
Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park
It covers an area of 529 square kilometers, of which the color hilly area is about 50 square kilometers, and is a national AAAA tourist scenic zone. Zhangye Danxia landform is China’s only Danxia landform in high recombination with color hilly landscape. It is odd and special for hierarchical scattered levels, steep cliffs, rich forms, amazing colors, with a high ornamental value and important scientific value. It enjoys the honors of “China’s top seven most beautiful Danxia landforms”,“China’s top seven most beautiful exotic landforms” and the “the world’sread more >>
The Giant Buddha Temple in Zhangye
As a national key cultural relic under protection of the state and national AAAA-tourist scenic zone, it’s firstly built in the first year (1098) of Emperor Chongzong period of Western Xia Dynasty and occupies area of 30,000 square meters. With more than 20 ancient buildings, architecture area of 10,456 square meters, 530 square meters of murals and 46 clay sculptures, it collects 10,043 pieces of ancient calligraphy and paintings, ancient coins, Buddhist sutra, bronze, jade and wood wares and other precious cultural relics, among which 40 pieces areread more >>
Mati Temple is located in the foot of Linsong Mountain and riverside of Mati River, the grottos were dug in the Sixteen States Northern Liang Period, with a history of about 1600 years. It is well-known because of the deity horse footprints. The “thirty-three days” was dug in the cliffs in the form of pagoda like 7 layers and 21 caves, with magnificent momentum. The color sculpture flying Apsaras in Jinta Temple is a rare treasure of China’s cave art. Mati Temple scenic area is a national AAAA tourist scenic zone, national cultural relics protection unit, candidate of theread more >>
Pingshanhu Grand Canyon
It is only 56km form the city, is one of the most beautiful geomorphologic landscapes in Zhangye’s grand view garden. In the canyon, the mountains wind leaning the walls, peaks tower along the terrain, stone forest interlock with each other, as if a mirage and fairy mountain. Standing in the labyrinth like canyon, exposing to the criss–cross gullies, forest of peaks, like the work with wonderful workmanship excelling nature by world-renowned architectures, tourists has too many things to see. Standing buildings, magnificent palaces, human, birds, animals,read more >>
Shandan Horse Farm
Located in Damaying Grassland at north of Lenglongling Peak of Qilian Mountain, it has been called as Damaying Marsh. With total area of 2,192 square kilometers, plain and vast land, fertile soil, lush grass and plenteous animals, it’s sixty kilometers far away from Shandan County in south. Since B.C.121 OF Western Han Dynasty, it has become an important place to raise horses and station troops and largest horse farm of the world. From July to August in every year, pines in green mountains are elegant, horses gallop in vast grassland, golden waves of boundlessread more >>
Zhangye National Wetland Park
It occupies area of 61,622 acres including 25,995 acres of wetland. Located in northern suburb of Zhangye City, it’s a composite of marsh wetland, river wetland and manmade wetland. As a natural ecological park, as well as “humidifier” and “oxygen device” for Zhangye City, there are 195 kinds of plants for 124 genera of 45 families and 116 common animals. On December 3rd, 2009, Zhangye Wetland Park was names as National Wetland Park by Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development.
In Yugu Style corridor there is special Danxia landscape. With towering and majestic snowy Qilian Mountain, beautiful prairie and various minority’s cultures and customs, it’s a national cultural park that retains real mountains and water, distinctive features of scenery in northwest region, as well as a district with rich tourism resources combining sky, land, mountain, river, human and primitive eco-look, which is rare in China.
Biandukou Eco-leisure Tourism Area
Biandukou is a hub of Gansu and Qinghai as well as an important channel of the Silk Road. The scenic area integrates natural scenery, historical monuments and ethnic customs. The golden pastoral scenery with “One hundred thousand acres of rape flowers”, Dadouba Valley, Highland Pasture, Heifeng Cave, Stone Buddha, Zhuge Monument and Biyuntian, etc, are prestigious and fascinating. Biandukou Eco-Leisure Tourism Area is a national AAA tourist scenic zone, Gansu hiking outdoor sports base, Gansu Car and Motorcycle Sports Camp, the province’s topread more >>
40 kilometers far away from Shandan County, it’s a national AAAA tourist scenic zone and provincial-level forest park. At the 5th Year (609) of Emperor Daye Period of Su Dynasty, when Emperor Daye summoned to interview 27 envoys of western regions in this mountain, Ganzhou and Liangzhou’s officials sent maidservants singing and dancing at intersection to welcome, which was recorded as “Expo of Thousands of Countries” in historical books. The whole scenic zone is coved by lush and dense original forests; sea of woods is boundless on mountains;read more >>
20 kilometers far away from Mati Temple, east and west grottoes of Jinta Temple were carved in steep red stone cliffs 60 meters higher than surface of the earth. Lots of Buddha, Bodhisattva and fairies are various, changeful, orderly and lively, which are the only in China.
Zhangye Desert Sports Park
15 kilometers far away from south of Zhangye, it’s adjacent to Lvzhou Modern Agricultural Experiment and Demonstration Zone. The main body of desert extends to north and south with prominent features, which is rare in China. The desert ridge is formed by wind, serpentine ups and downs. The main beam is unequal in width and difference of height reaches is nearly 100 meters, so it looks like a winding dragon. With miraculous and unique geographical environment, plentiful historical and cultural resources and overall layout in type of bead string, “two ordinates andread more >>
The Great Buddha Temple in Shandan
The Temple was started to be built in Northern Wei Dynasty, is a national AAAA tourist scenic zone. The Hall of Mahavira inside the Temple has seven floors, wooden pavilion of 39 meters high, upturned eave and warped angles, looking grand and splendid. The sitting statue of Sakyamui in the Hall is 35 meters high with gold foil on the face, shining with golden light. The senior people in the field of Buddhism in China and foreign countries praise the Buddha as the “No.1 Buddha in the world.”
As a national key cultural relic under protection of the state and national AAAA tourist scenic zone, it’s located at Manjushree Mountain in the territory of Qifeng Town of Su’nan County. Grottoes of Manjushree Temple were firstly carved in Wei and Jin dynasties, while the temple was built in flouring period of Tang Dynasty 1,500 years ago. Baizi Tower, Kwan-yin Tower, Yuhuang Pavilion, Lying Buddha Hall, Manjushree Bodhisattva Hall, Five Hundred Arhat Hall and other ancient buildings are magnificent; Thousand Buddha Cavity, Manjushree Cavity, Hongjunread more >>