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Danxia Rainbow Landform

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Located in the Gansu province of China is a rainbow that will take millennia to go away. While its home is not in the sky, that doesn’t take anything away from how incredible and vibrant its colors truly are.

The Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park is a rainbow wonderland crafted by the elements in sandstone and other minerals. It looks like Heaven if they ever decided to ditch the all-white cloud motif.

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.

The scenic area is popular among tourists, who come to enjoy scenic walks and boat rides through the area, which is also home to a number of temples.

The landform is a unique type of petrographic geomorphology which is found only in China which consists of red-colored sandstones and conglomerates of largely Cretaceous age.

The World Heritage Committee decided to include China Danxia Landform in the World Heritage List at its 34th meeting being held in Brasilia, capital of Brazil, on August 1, 2010.

In typically Chinese style, the signage local to the rock formations pictured now boast of it as a 'world famous UNESCO geopark of China'.

The China Daxia world heritage site in fact covers a range of landscapes in Southern China, of which Mount Daxia in Guangdong is only the most famous.

"View of colourful rock formations at the Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park in Gansu Province, China, 22 September 2012."

 

The other five are: Mount Langshan and Mount Wanfoshan, Hunan Province; Taining and Guanzhoushan, Fujian Province; Mount Longhu and Guifeng, Jiangxi Province; Mount Chishui, Guizhou Province; and Fangyan and Mount Jianglang, Zhejiang Province.

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