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Zhangye National Geopark‘s candy-colored mountains are true magic (and a UNESCO World Heritage Site as of 2009). How were they formed? Layers of multi-colored sandstone and minerals were pressed together over millions of years. To view, walk to one of the site’s four viewing platforms, or take a bus and explore the whole park.

Although it’s the most prominent color, China’s Zhangye National Park contains much more than red alone. Countless hues are strewn about, none of which you’d imagine would be on your average mountain. This puzzling sight in the Guangdong province is a result of deposits of sandstone coupled with other minerals, resulting in a kaleidoscope of colors. It looks like someone went wild with a paintbrush.

A wonder of the natural world, Zhangye's national park located in central China boasts unique rainbow-painted mountains with powerful red-colored stripes.

A wonder of the natural world, Zhangye's national park located in central China boasts unique rainbow-painted mountains with powerful red-colored stripes.

Although it’s the most prominent color, China’s Zhangye National Park contains much more than red alone. Countless hues are strewn about, none of which you’d imagine would be on your average mountain. This puzzling sight in the Guangdong province is a result of deposits of sandstone coupled with other minerals, resulting in a kaleidoscope of colors. It looks like someone went wild with a paintbrush.

Zhangye National Geopark‘s candy-colored mountains are true magic (and a UNESCO World Heritage Site as of 2009). How were they formed? Layers of multi-colored sandstone and minerals were pressed together over millions of years. To view, walk to one of the site’s four viewing platforms, or take a bus and explore the whole park.

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