Zhangye Travel Guide
Zhangye offers many stunning landscapes; here we recommended some must-see attractions, that any domestic and foreign tourists travel here are worth to visit. So let's start to explore the charm of Zhangye.
After 42 minutes drive, we arrived at Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park, the multicoloured cliffs have transformed the area into a piece of artwork like an oil painting. Entering this rainbow mountain area, the are sightseeing buses that will take you to the four viewing platforms to admire the scenery and take photos.
About 56 kilometres away from Danxia National Geo-park; we will head to another tour destination - Giant Buddha Temple, it is a popular Buddha worship place, has it's founding in the 1st year of Yongan during the reign of Emperor Chongzong In Western Xia Dynasty. The existing buildings include Big Buddha Hall, Scripture Library Tower, and Earth Tower. The Giant Buddha Temple is the most famous tourist attractions in Zhangye, and it will attract a large number of tourists come to visit every year.
With an altitude of 2,500 m; The Horseshoe Temple ( Mati Temple ), are the three major artistic pagoda resorts along the Hexi Corridor? Entering this museum-like temple, you will see many historical Buddha statues as well as the high-rise cave temple buildings, which is very fantastic and spectacular.
Opening Hours & Entrance Fee
|Opening Hours||Entrance Fee|
|Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park||
Peak season: 1st May to 10th October ( 6:00 - 20:00 )
Off-season: 11th October to 30th April Next Year ( 7:00 - 19:00 )
|Giant Buddha Temple||
Peak Season: 7:00 to 19:30 ( 1st April to 31st October)
Off Season：9:00 to 17:00 ( 1st November to 31st March)
|Horse Shoe Temple||8:30 to 18:00||CNY 75|
Climate and Weather of Zhangye:Zhangye has a temperate continental arid climate, with intensive sunshine time, sufficient light and heat resources, cold winter and warm summer, four distinct seasons plus little precipitation, and the average temperature is about seven degrees Celsius. The monthly 24-hour average temperature ranges from −9.2 °C in January to 21.5 °C in July. The mean annual temperature is 7.31 °C, while annual rainfall is 130 mm, almost all of which falls from May to September. In winter are dry and cold. June to September is the best time to travel to Zhangye, because, at this time the rainfall is relatively concentrated and the humid air will make people feel more comfortable.
Annual Temperature of the Year/℃ ( High-Low )
History of Zhangye:
In the Neolithic period of more than 5,000 years, the ancestors of Zhangye had been engaged in primitive agricultural production and animal husbandry here. At that time, they could use stone balls, stone spinning wheels, weaving, making clothes, making coloured pottery, and beginning to use bronzes.
During the Tang Dynasty, with the increasing of national strength, Zhangye began to vigorously develop agricultural production and set up the farmland. Furthermore, the international trade status of the Hexi Corridor has reached an unprecedented peak; therefore, Zhangye has become an important place for China's foreign trade.
Zhangye has much delicious foods that make everyone crazy; the local cuisine prefers wheat over rice in terms of its staple foods and it is more likely to be added with mutton, chicken and beef. The most prestigious food are Saozi Noodles, Pickled Pork, Fish-shaped Powder, Steamed Tofu, and Fried Chicken, etc.
Accommodation in Zhangye:Zhangye is an Excellent Tourism City of China and national historical and cultural city; to enjoy a comfortable journey, here we have listed some four- and five-star hotels to ensure your satisfaction.
1. Zhangye Hotel was opened in 2015, which is a fantastic option for those staying in Zhangye. This property features Free in-room Wi-Fi. The hotel is just 11 km from Zhangye Railway Station.
2. Zhangye Yujing International Hotel owns high-grade, classic and comfortable rooms with various types, multi-functional conference hall, casual coffee bar, banquet restaurant as well entertainment fitness centre. The hotel is 5 km from Zhangye West High-speed Railway Station and 7 km from Zhangye Railway Station.
Zhangye is a crucial hub of the New Eurasian Continental Bridge to connect the east-west traffic in China; its transportation system is well-developed. There are three ways to get Zhangye: Flights, Trains, or Cars.
Zhangye Ganzhou Airport, located in the southeast of the city; at present, there are direct flights from Lanzhou, Xi'an, Urumqi, and Dunhuang to Zhangye Ganzhou Airport ( the airfare is from 300 -1000 CNY/pp include tax).
|Dunhuang||Zhangye||1 hour and 45 minutes ( Transit in Lanzhou )|
|Dunhuang||Zhangye||2 hours and 20 minutes ( Transit in Lanzhou )|
|MU9649||Xi’an||Zhangye||2 hours and 10 minutes|
Zhangye West Railway Station operates the high-speed trains to/from Xi'an, Lanzhou, Urumqi, Jiayuguan.
Zhangye West Railway Station is about 3 km from the city center, about 40 km from Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park.
The train far from Lanzhou to Zhangye is 200-300 CNY/pp include tax.
|Train No.||Departure||Arrival||Duration||1st Class||2nd Class|
|D2671||Lanzhou||Zhangye||4 hours||CNY 239||CNY 149.5|
|D2749||Lanzhou||Zhangye||4 hours and 20 minutes||CNY 239||CNY 149.5|
|D2759||Dunhuang||Zhangye||3 hours 53 minutes||CNY 278||CNY 174.5|
|D2675||Jiayuguan||Zhangye||1 hour and 20 minutes||CNY 65.5||CNY 105|
|D2758||Jiayuguan||Zhangye||1 hour and 20 minutes||CNY 65.5||CNY 105|
|D2687||Xining||Zhangye||2 hours||CNY 91.5||CNY 147|
|D2741||Xining||Zhangye||2 hours||CNY 91.5||CNY 147|
1. Lanzhou to Zhangye: Lanzhou → Lianhuo Expressway → Beijing-Tibet Expressway → G312 → G227 → Z075 → South Ring Road → Zhangye, 514.35 kilometers, about 6 hours and 30 minutes.
2. Tianshui to Zhangye: Tianshui → Lianhuo Expressway → Qinglan Expressway → Beijing-Tibet Expressway → G312 → G227 → Z075 → South Ring Road → Zhangye, 811.21 kilometers, about 10 hours and 40 minutes.
3. Longnan to Zhangye: Longnan → Lanhai Expressway → S103 → Langongping Road → Jiaogouyan → Beibinhe Middle Road → Beibinhe West Road → S201 → Liusha Road → Beijing-Tibet Expressway → Lianhuo Expressway → G312 → G227 → Z075 → South Ring Road → Zhangye, 931.59 kilometers, about 13 hours and 50 minutes.
Identification: Passport, Visa.
Daily Necessities: Skin care products, tissues, snacks
Ultraviolet Protection: Hat, sunscreen and sunglasses
Medicine: Cold medicine, carsick medicine and band-aids.
Recommended Days For a Visit: 1-3 Days
Recommended Zhangye Tours
* Day Tours to Zhangye Danxia Landform. * The Badanjaran Desert.
* Zhangye - Jiayuguan Pass - Dunhuang Tour * Binggou Danxia Landform