Out of this world! Spectacular pictures show the incredible ‘rainbow hills’ in China – a result of a natural phenomenon
Incredible images show the sheer beauty of China’s rainbow hills.
Zhangye Danxia landscape is located in northwestern China’s Gansu province and is a major tourist attraction for those wishing to leave the big city behind.
The colours of the rocks are due to red sandstone and mineral deposits over 24 million years.
According to China Highlights, Zhangye’s Danxia was formed by the erosion of red sandstone which formed isolated peaks.
Danxia in Mandarin means rosy cloud reflecting the stunning colours of the landscape.
The desert conditions along with wind and water erosion has resulted in the current appearance of the landscape.
Too Late, ALREADY outthere, Åland Islands, about 13 hours ago
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katie, Middlesbrough, about 14 hours ago
A bit like the sand cliffs on the Isle of Wight – just a bit more spectacular!
Anubis, In the Dog house, about 15 hours ago
Spectacular colours typically means interesting minerals. I wonder just how long it will be before it all gets strip mined? :/
Watson and Holmes, Baker Street, United Kingdom, about 16 hours ago
Also worth seeing is Bryce Canyon in North America. This also shows strong colours after rainfall.
allnighter, Santa Maria, United States, about 16 hours ago
That is so beautiful! I wonder how much filtering was done though.