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People Are Going Crazy Over These Rainbow Mountains in China

Picture of Luke Abrahams
Social Content Editor
Updated: 30 March 2017
The rainbow mountains of China are one of Earth’s most enchanting geological wonders. Known for their otherworldly colors and mesmerizing shapes, here’s everything you need to know about these gorgeous rocky beauties: 

 

This is the Zhangye National Geopark in the Gansu province of China…

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Locals call it ‘the eye candy of Zhangye’ because artists the world over have come to paint its unbelievably beautiful and wild landscapes…

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A designated UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site, it’s one of the most visited destinations in China and the world…

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The entire area is a gigantic landform of reddish sandstone, an usual rock formation created by thousands of years of erosion…

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Its sedimentary structure, combined with the extreme conditions of the surrounding desert, freeze-thaw weathering and high winds gave rise to its spellbinding appearance…

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Super-smart geologists think that the mountains were formed by folding layers of oceanic crust way before the Himalayan Mountains existed. The result: several beautiful rocks of different colours, textures, shapes and sizes…

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The best time to visit is between June and September, particularly at sunrise, dusk and sunset, when the colors of the mountains really come alive…

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We don’t know about you, but we’ve already booked our flights…

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