Located in the northwest of Gansu and the middle of Hexi Corridor, Zhangye (literally meaning “to extend arms”) was named after a Chinese old saying which goes like that “Extend the arm of the country, lead the way to Western Realm”. Zhangye is a key town of the Silk Road, the major thoroughfare of New Eurasian Land Bridge and national historical and cultural city. Hei River, the second largest river running through Zhangye makes Zhangye the commodity grain base of Gansu Province. So it’s not strange that Zhangye has been entitled as “Golden Zhangye” from ancient times.
Zhangye owns two national natural reserves, one is the city located in the wetland which is a combination of “green mountains blue sky and clear water” and excellent for living, traveling and study. Another is natural scenery spots including national wetland protection unit, Ganquan Park, Desert Park, Hei River Village etc. The following part shows the TOP amazing attractions.
Situated in the north foothill of Qilian Mountain and occupying an area of 510 kilometers square, Zhangye Danxia Geopark (also known as “Rainbow Mountains”) is the unique composition of Danxia Landform and colorful upland. The natural but magic beauty about this place is so surreal and peaceful that it lifts your spirits.
Matisi Temple is one famed Tibetan and Chinese Buddhist temple gathering grotto art, Buddhist culture as well as Yugu nationality folk custom. With kilometers of trails leading high ridges, it shows a wonderful viewpoint to overlook the Hexi Corridor. Mati Monastery is quite solemn and imposing and makes people acclaim as the wonder.
The Great Buddha Temple, originally built in 1098 contains a 35m-long sleeping Buddha and surrounded by clay Arhat and murals which can dating back to Qing Dynasty. The whole Temple is divided into Main Hall, Scripture Library and Wooden Pagoda. The main Hall is one of the rare wooden structure from this time still exist today.
Muta Temple, with a history dating back to the Northern Zhou Dynasty, is a 32.8 m-high tower. This octahedral tower has nine stories with decorative design in the doors and windows of each story. Climbing up to the peak of this tower, you can have a panorama view of Zhangye city standing peacefully in the front of Qilian Mountain.
Zhangye has a cold desert climate with a warm summer but cold and extremely dry winter with quite rare snow. The monthly 24-hour average temperature ranges from -9.2 °C in January to 21.5 °C in July while annual rainfall is about 130 mm, equivalent to which falls from May to September.
Because of this whether, the best season for tour in Zhangye is summer and autumn (June ~ September). On account of the big difference in temperature between day and night, it is important to keep warm at night. Sunblock and sand-proof are also necessary.
Zhangye Ganzhou Airport is about 25 km away from Zhangye City. There are flights connecting Zhangye with Xian, Xining, Lanzhou and Dunhuang. But the schedules are not very often, so you need to book a flight on line in advance if you want to travel Zhangye by air.
There are frequent high speed trains connecting Lanzhou, Xining, Jiayuguan, Dunhuang and Xinjiang. Taking a high-speed train, you can reach to Zhangye within 3 hours from Lanzhou and less than 2 hours from Xining. Some ordinary trains are also available.
There is a convenient highway system connecting Zhangye with other hot tourist destinations in Gansu,such as Dunhuang, Xining, and Lanzhou. Xiguan Bus Station is the biggest station in Zhangye and you can take buses to the different cities in Gansu. Calling a taxi in the city is easy and convenient.
As a tourist city, Zhangye is equipped with sufficient great hotels and small hostels. Here we selected several hotels for you according to the good service and best scenic locations.
Zhangye Hotel is a five-star hotel located in Binhe New District and is just 10 minute-drive way from Zhangye Railway Station of Lanzhou-Xinjiang Railway. It is a garden-like hotel mixed with modern architectural art, professional service means, and cultural elements of Silk Road. Here you will appreciate a pleasing view of lakes &mountains, green grassland as well as flying waterfall and rare birds. You can completely have fun and release yourself in this hotel.
Hua Chen International Hotel is a four-star hotel located in downtown area and close to Giant Buddha Temple. With a gorgeous appearance of modern style and elaborately designed insider decoration manifesting fashion and elegance, it became one symbolic building of Zhangye. This hotel is equipped with different kinds of rooms like president suite, luxurious suite, business suite, standard room and so on. Accommodation, catering, coffeehouse, bookstore, flower shop and gym are all available.Zhangye Danxia Hotel , a four-star hotel, is also located in the prosperous downtown area and close to Giant Buddha Temple. It earns the reputation of the most cost-effective hotel in Zhangye with new facilities, excellent service, and perfect environment. They offer different kinds of dishes to cater for different tastes of people from different countries and districts. Very near to the Central Plaza, you can enjoy some wonderful performance at night.
Top help you learn better about Zhangye's location, attractions, etc, we have collected following tourist maps which are latest, downloadable and printable.
Besides Zhangye, there are some other destinations in Gansu well worth your visit. Transfer to the following destinations and explore Gansu natural and cultural sites - Dunhuang, Lanzhou, Xiahe andMogao Caves. Discover now!
Chinese Name: 张掖
Chinese Pinyin: zhāngyè
English IPA: /zi'ɑːnː 'je/
Population: 1.2 million
Language: Mandarin & Gansu Dialect
Tel Code: 0936
Zip Code: 734000
Time Zone: (UTC+8)
At least 3 days are needed to explore Zhangye and surrounding. The highlights of Zhangye include Danxia Geopark, Mati Monastery, and Giant Buddha Temple.
From Zhangye, you can extend your trip to Lanzhou – transport and economic center of Gansu, Dunhuang – Buddhist wealth of Mogao Grottoes and Labrang Monastery – known as the “World Tibetan University”.
Lanzhou - Zhangye - Jiayuguan - Dunhuang
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