Top Things to Know
When is the best time to go to Zhangye?
June to September. Bacause of it's plateau climate, the summer in Zhangye is cool and comfortable, it is good time for summer holiday. You could capture the most beautiful sunrise and sunset during these months, you may also see the charming and colorful rainbow mountains after rain, which is the most photogenic moment.
It is pretty dry, cold and windy in winter, we don't suggest you go there from November to next March.
The best photography time of Zhangye Danxia landform is the late afternoon every day. The colors of rainbow mountains change very frequently, yellow, red and blue are among the colours visible in the breathtaking rock formations.
How to Get to Zhangye?
Zhangye is located at northwest of China, about 1100 km from Xi'an. There is a small airport in Zhangye, can be connected with some big cities. The flight from Shanghai to Zhangye: 9C8697 15:20-18:55; Xi'an to Zhangye: MU9649 14:25-16:30; Lanzhou to Zhangye: EU2271 14:15-15:15 (Lanzhou is the capital city of Gansu province).
With the developing of China high speed train system, Zhangye is also connected by high speed trains with many big cities, like Xi'an, Lanzhou, Xining.
- Xian - Zhangye | 3 trains a day, first train starts at 07:42, and last starts at 13:40, it takes 6.5 hours.
- Lanzhou - Zhangye | over 10 trains a day, first train starts at 07:25, and last starts at 18:27, it takes 3.5 hours
- Xining - Zhangye | over 10 trains a day, first train starts at 08:43, and last starts at 20:03, it takes almost 2 hours
Camera and Lenses Suggestions for Zhangye Photography Tour
1 main body, wide/medium zoom covers 24 – 70, tele photo lens covers 70 – 200, 1 spare battery, shutter release cable, 1 GND Filter, 1 CPL Filter, micro fibre lens cloths, spare SD/CF card, hard drive for backing-up your images every day if you don't have eoough memory cards.