Zhangye & Dunhuang Photography Tours

Zhangye Photography Tours

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Zhangye photography tours are currently not that popular like Guilin and Zhangjiajie, it's not on most people's top list, which is a good thing for photography. The beautiful Zhangye Danxia landform looks like a paiting, which is one of China's 6 most famous spectacular landforms, following by Jiuzhaigou (Sichuan province), Huanglong (Sichuan), Yeliu Geo Park (Taiwan), The Penghu or Pescadores Islands (Taiwan), Tuomuer Glacier (Xinjiang).

You are coming to Zhangye not only to take award winning photographs, but also enrice some fresh and unique works for your porrfolio. Due to the inconvenient public transportation, Zhangye Danxia Landform becomes the paradise of photographers.

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.

Zhangye - Award Winnning Destination

Lots of landscapes and geo photographers went home with award winning photos from Zhangye, the unique painting-like photographs make them stand out.

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.

Zhangye & Dunhuang Photography Tours 2021

Zhangye has been our hidden photography destination, we are thinking of organizing a photo workshop in 2021 combining more unique photography locations, like Dunhuang and part of Silk Road, the dates are to be confirmed.

The suggested 9 Days Zhangye and Dunhuang Photo Trip Itinerary

Day 1 Lanzhou arrival.
Day 2 Lanzhou - Zhangye: A short photography tour in Lanzhou, and train to Zhangye
Day 3 Zhangye: Giant Buddha Temple and Danxia Landform
Day 4 Zhangye: More rainbow mountains photography, train to Jiayuguan
Day 5 Jiayuguan Fort, Great Wall Museum and snowcapped Qilian Mountains
Day 6 Train from Jiayuguan to Dunhuang, Mogao Grottoes
Day 7 Dunhuang: Echoing Sand Mountains and Crescent Lake
Day 8 Dunhuang: Yardang National Geopark, Yumenguan Pass & Ruin of Great Wall of Han Dynasty
Day 9 Dunhuang departure