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Incredibly Colorful Rock Formations in China

We are living in times when Photoshop is capable of practically anything, but this time it has nothing to do with this article! Zhangye Danxia Landform in China is just one of those places that are hard to believe really exist. Located in Gansu province, a naturally formed landscape astonishes its visitors with the burst of colors – its streaks of yellow, orange and red to emerald, green and blue make it hard to believe it’s all real. The vast area of intensely colored valleys, waterfalls and natural pillars looks surreal in the pictures, reminding more of a impressionistic painting than a photograph.

Formed from red-colored sandstones and conglomerates, Danxia landform is a unique example of petrographic geomorphology. The name actually refers to various different landscapes in southeast and southwest China, that formed due to special nature’s conditions, such as water flow fissures, erosion, oxidization and tectonic plate movements. The formation process of Zhangye geopark took over 24 million years, dating back to the Cretaceous age.

Today the Danxia landform is a huge tourist attraction, with six of its landscapes inscribed onto the UNESCO World Heritage Site list in 2010. If you plan on visiting it, hope for the rain, as the vibrant hills glow even brighter after rainfall!

Image credits: Melinda Chan

Image credits: Huffington Post

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Image credits: Xin Ran

Image credits: Xin Ran

Image credits: Xin Ran

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Image credits: Melinda Chan

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    WOW איזה צבעוניות מהממת…

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    How delightfully bizarre.

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    cool

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    wow stunning!!!

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    Fake

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    Eye Candy.

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    where is it in China?

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    I would love to see this in person

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    A perfect place to play Tiny wings

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    Check out ALL the pics. . . they are gorgeous!

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    Wow, awsome!

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    Incredibly beautiful.

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    rainbow candy mountain!!

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    Pistachio chocolate nut !

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    xD

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    Incredible!!

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    JO-DER.

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    that’s nothing. I’ve been to Alum Bay.

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    Unbelievable beauty!

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    Crayola…

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    Alum Bay, Isle Of Wight, UK . The great coloured sand cliff – -

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    IF IST CHINA THAT CAN BE PAINT WORK :-) THERE IS EVERYTHING POSSIBLE. LIKE IN HOGVARD FROM HARRY POTTER :-)

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    Beauty all around us

  • Anonymous

    Maybe not Photoshopped, but definitely those colors were over-saturated. Look at the people’s clothes, they are not natural.

  • Jane

    i got a new desktop background ;)