The Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park in Gansu Province, China. The unusual colours of the rocks are the result of red sandstone and mineral deposits being laid down over 24 million years.
Two tiny figures walk on a boardwalk among colourful rock formations.
The resulting ‘layer cake’ was then buckled by the same tectonic plates responsible for parts of the Himalayan mountains. Wind and rain finished the job by carving weird and wonderful shapes including natural pillars, towers, ravines, valleys and waterfalls – that differ in colour, texture, shape, size and pattern.
The area is fast becoming a popular tourist attraction for the sleepy town of Zhangye. A number of boardwalks and roads have been built to encourage visitors to explore the amazing rock formations.
A boy walks through the Martian landscape
Workers building paths in the Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park
Tourist buses are seen near the colourful rock formations in this aerial photo
An aerial view of the the Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park from a microlight Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park