This is a city with a history of more than a thousand years, where the mountains of the Horseshoe Temple face the moonlight, snow falls on the top of the Qilian Mountains in the morning and one returns to the Danxia Military Racecourse in the evening. The collision of history and modern times converges on the city of Zhangye, which is full of publicity and introversion.
Where is the beautiful Zhangye?
Zhangye is located in the northwest of Gansu province and the central part of Hexi Corridor. It is bordered by Wuwei and Jinchang in the east, Jiuquan and Jiayuguan in the west, Qinghai province in the south and Inner Mongolia autonomous region in the north. The word "Gan" in Gansu Province is also derived from this place.
Zhangye county was set up by Emperor Wudi of the Han dynasty in 111 BC in order to expand the territory to the Western Regions. It was changed to Ganzhou in the Western Wei(535-556), and restored the system of county in Sui Dynasty. From the Tang Dynasty to the Qing Dynasty, Zhangye was always an administrative organization. In 1927, Zhangye County was established, and in 1985, Zhangye County was abolished and established as a city, which was promulgated by the State Council as the second batch of famous historical and cultural cities and open cities.
Sunrise and sunset in the colorful Danxia
Sunrise and sunset in the danxia is so beautiful that beyond one’s imagination. From a distance, it looks like the dawn is rising, while from a near view, it is full of red, white, yellow and other colors. The colorful ribbon undulates with the mountains just like a beautiful ribbon that flutters in the wind. Between dawn and dusk, it is strange in different shapes and the mountains stretch for tens of kilometers, together with the snow peaks in the distance, make up the most amazing scenery in Zhangye.
(original source: TOUR GANSU)
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