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You can now have a look at one of the most unique places in the world from a hot air balloon. Known for its colorful mountain ridges and steep cliffs, the Zhangye National Geopark, a UNESCO Global Geopark in northwest China’s Gansu Province, has thrown a hot-air balloon festival, drawing large crowds to savor the spectacular views.
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Traveling to the stranger places often increases the adrenaline rush and also brings a breathtaking experience to remember for life. The world offers a lot more places which challenge the mystical imagination and bring up something enthralling to look for. Such places also bring up inquisitive thought and improve curiosity levels. They also make you […]
When it comes to mysterious or strange places across the world, there could be countless places. The blog includes a list of such peculiar destinations.
Earth Porn: The Rainbow Mountains of Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park; Will Brendza; iExplore
Some places on earth are so full of vibrant color, natural wonder, and jaw-dropping vistas they look like they leapt from the pages of a science fiction novel or off the palate of an oil painting. China’s Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park is one such place. The geology of this region is stunning and strange – cliff faces streaked with bright stratigraphic layers that paint the land like a rainbow. The alien landscapes can be overwhelming, magical, and humbling all at once so expect an emotionally charged, moving visit. The Rainbow Mountains are as rare as they are magnificent, and a site you definitely need to see for yourself.
Wait, What is this Place?
The geo-park is located in the northwestern province of Gansu. Not only are the rainbow mountains and the park recognized as UNESCO World Heritage sites, but they have also been selected as one of the most beautiful places in China (which is saying something considering the country is gigantic). This area has become such a popular tourist destination that the Chinese government has recently installed a series of boardwalks wending through the park for easier access.
A Kaleidoscope of Color
No, not rainbows on the mountains, we actually mean rainbows IN the mountains. And you can see them in Peru, Iceland and China — or, probably much closer to home, in Arizona.
It’s true: rainbow mountains exist! In fact, there are four around the world that you can explore, hike and of course, take stunning photos of for your Instagram.
These mountains are vibrant, colorful rock and sand formations created from a combination of tectonic plate movement, layered sediment and erosion. Basically, layered sandstone and minerals built up over millions of years and when tectonic plates moved, the colors began to appear. Combine that with water erosion, freezing and thawing and wind and voilà, epic rainbow-colored mountains appear.
So plan to add the following to your bucket list:
Vermilion Cliffs, Arizona, USA
Just south of Utah along Highway 89A, you can see these massive, colorful sand and rock formations from your car window. During the 19th century, a wagon route was created through the cliffs so settlers could get from Utah to Arizona.
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Vinicunca, Cusco Region, Peru
Also known as the Rainbow Mountain, Vinicunca translates to “seven-colored mountain” in the local language spoken in the Cusco region of Peru.
The mountain’s colors come from mineral deposits, but they weren’t always easy to see. For years, Vinicunca was hidden under a thick layer of ice.
Mu Cang Chai, Vietnam
A hidden gem in a small, rural province in Northern Vietnam, Mu Cang Chai is home to terraced rice fields that are a shade of green so deep, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a painting.
You know the famous idiom, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” For the most part, it’s true. But those thousand words we make up for ourselves can be completely off if we don’t have the right backstory or any context in which that photo was taken. So, with that in mind, we’re going to show you some photos here that are pieces of history in their own right, and we’ll also give you the circumstances in which they were taken. The rest you’ll have to fill in for yourselves… but only within a thousand words, right?
It wasn’t the typical shaft a visitor might hike up to see in a Chinese national park. Nope, standing apart from a range of cliffs was a large block of red sandstone shaped by wind, rain, and time into an erect, circumcised phallus.
“Yep, that’s what it looks like,” said my friend Fei, raising her phone to take a photo. “Truly mysterious.”
A few weeks before, Fei and I had been planning a trip to her hometown in northern Guangdong province when we heard about the anthropomorphic stones of Mount Danxia. In addition to the penis-shaped stone, known to locals as the “Yangyuan Shi,” or “Male Stone,” the elements had also molded a female counterpart, the vulva-shaped “Yinyuan Shi” (as in Yin /Yang), in a nearby group of cliffs.
A quick Google search pulled up pictures that made us giggle.