Zhangye (张掖; Zhāngyè) is a city in Gansu Province.
Zhangye became the garrison headquarters after General Huo established control of the Hexi Corridor. Originally known as Ganzhou, the town was part of the Western Xia dynasty until it was conquered by Kublai Khan in 1227. Although the city is not a tourist destination as such, it serves as good place to make stop when passing through the Hexi Corridor. Zhangye currently has a population of around 1,250,000. In addition to Han Chinese, the city is also home to members of the minority Yugu people, who live only in Gansu.
This station is in the southwest of town, accessed via bus routes "New 1" or 22 (1 RMB).
Zhangye Station is at the end of Zhanghuo Gonglu, 6.5km northeast of the central part of town. Approximately 49 passenger train service use this station daily to destinations as far off as Beijing, Chongqing, Chengdu, Urumqi and Lanzhou. However obtaining a ticket on long-distance through trains can be difficult, often requiring travellers buy a ticket to Lanzhou first. A railway ticket office is more conveniently located downtown in Marco Polo Street, for a ¥5 surcharge, negating having to travel out to the station.
Taxis will charge a set fee to the city of ¥12-15 and will be unlikely to use their meters.
Bus No.1 runs from the train station to the centre of town (Drum Tower) and costs ¥1 (correct change only)
East Bus Station is on Huaicheng East Road.
- Wuwei - takes about 3-6 hours
- Lanzhou - takes about 11 hours
South Bus Station is on Huaicheng South Road.
- Dunhuang - takes about 12 hours
- Jiayuguan - takes about 4 hours
- Lanzhou - takes about 10 hours
- Mati Si - takes about 2-3 hours
- Xining - takes about 12 hours
West Bus Station
- Zhangye Danxia Landscape - take about 1.5 hours (¥10)
- Xining - takes about 7 hours (¥65)
Take bus No.3 to the West bus station, take bus No. 1 to the train station (Bus fares are ¥1 - correct change only)
By private car or bus
You can book a private car via a travel agency or at the reception of most hotels. A trip to Mati Si + Daxia Landscape cost ¥500.
- 1 Da Fo Si, 大佛寺步行街, ☎ . (大佛寺), Giant Buddha Temple, biggest Chinese wooden indoor Reclining Buddha. 34.5m long, 7.5m high. This temple is the reputed birthplace for the Mongol emperor, Kublai Khan. ¥41/ ¥21.
- 2 Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park (Qicai Danxia) (张掖丹霞国家地质公园 (七彩丹霞)) (By bus from West bus Station). Also known in English as the Rainbow Mountains this is a small park about 40 km from Zhangye where you can see a unique geological landscape. The layers of multi-coloured rock in the mountains amid a green oasis basin is truly spectacular. When you visit you will be driven to four viewing platform areas by bus, where you can get off and take your time to view and photograph the scenery. It is one of the highlights of Gansu province. It's possible to re-enter the park the next morning before 08:00 for only the cost of the park shuttle bus, if you register your fingerprints at a scanner at one of the stops. One hotel near the West entrance takes foreigners -- the other hotel and restaurant owners know which one that is. ¥55 entrance fee + ¥20 bus fee.
- Blackwater National site (黑水国遗址). In the 12.5 km northwest of the Zhangye. 15 km long from north to south and 10 kilometers long from east to west, ancient cultural sites of the Neolithic period, a national key cultural relics protection units. Sites within the Han Dynasty tombs, about four square kilometers. Most of the tombs have been buried in sand, who have not traveled was buried by the desert, most of the liberation excavation.
- Nanhu Park (南湖公园). Nanhu Park, also known as South Lake Ecological Botanical Garden, located in the south county, is the Shandan experiment to promote flower species of new varieties of forestry demonstration garden, but it is also a set of historical and cultural landscape of the land and the natural landscape as one of the tour.
- 3 Mati Si Temple & mountain scenery. 65 kilometers south of the city proper, in the Sunan Yugu (Tibetan) Autonomous Prefecture, lies the Mati Temple, or Horse's Hoof Temple, (Mati si). Besides the temple you can do a 2h horse tour passing a fantastic landscape ( horse ride ¥150-200)
- 4 Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park (Binggou Danxia) (张掖丹霞国家地质公园 (冰沟丹霞))) (Bus from West Bus Station, ¥12 (passes several blocks from Qicai Danxia west entrance)). Less colourful than the more famous Qicai Danxia, this one features columns of red rock (with some white bands), in two valleys. There's a network of trails accessing viewpoints in and around two different valleys. ¥40 entry + ¥20 bus fee.
- 5 Pingshanhu Grand Canyon (平山湖大峡谷) (Bus at 09:45 from the East bus station, or hire a car). More rock-based scenery. About 60km northeast of Zhangye, this area supposedly resembles the Grand Canyon in Arizona. ¥100 Entry + ¥30 bus.
- Swim in Hei river
During the day, give Qing Ming Street a try and during the night, give Xiaochichang (Little Eat Market) a try.
- Huayi Hotel (Huayi Binguan), East Street (East of Xiaochichang (Close to Dico's, next door to the China Construction Bank)), ☎ . No English sign or English spoken but easy to find - opposite the pedestrian street, about 100m east of the Drum Tower. It has two stone lions on either side of a revolving door. Twin rooms for ¥128 with free (wired) internet, TV, a/c and private bathroom, 24hr hot water.
- Zhongguang Hotel (Zhongguang Zhaodaisuo), Second Floor establishment, Xianfu Street (On the south corner of Minsheng West Street), ☎ .
- 1 Zhangye Qicai Danxia International Youth Hostel (张掖七彩丹霞国际青年旅舍), No.182 HuanChengXi Road GanZhou District, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Dorm: ¥50.
- Honghao Hotel (Honghao Binguan), 11 Xianfu Street, ☎ .
- Jindu Hotel (Jindu Binguan), 19 East Street, ☎ , fax: .
- Zhangye Hotel (Zhangye Binguan), ☎ , fax: .
- Huachen International Hotel (Huachen Guomao Binguan), ☎ , fax: .
- Mati Temple - in the Tibetan town of Mati, more caves carved into a cliff.
- Qilian mountains
- Zhangye Danxia Landscape - about an hour to an hour and half by bus from the West Station.