Magnificent Rainbow Mountains in China
Located in Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park, the Rainbow Mountains in China attract tourists from all over the World because of their colors that mimic a rainbow painted over the tops.
This National Park is located in the Gansu province in China’s northwest covering 200 square miles. The site was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2009 and is the destination for many Chinese and international tourists.
The Rainbow Mountains were formed by the erosion of red sandstone, forming isolated peaks and steep stratified outcrops. Its special geological structure, combined with long-term desert conditions, freeze-thaw peeling, and wind and water erosion gave rise to its present appearance.
Geologists believe that Danxia topography is formed by folding of layered oceanic crust. Exposed slanting rock layers have different colors, textures, shapes, sizes, and patterns. The combination of differences in density and erosion create towering peaks, cave holes, and stone halls. Scroll down and rest your eyes with rainbow mountains magnificent landscape.