As for most Chinese cities, the name "Zhangye" is somewhat ambiguous since it can refer either to the city itself or to the prefecture with that city at its center. Wikivoyage has a separate article for Minle, a suburb which is in the prefecture but not in the city.
Zhangye Ganzhou AirportOpened in 2011, this airport 13 km south of the city has flights to/from Xi'an, Lanzhou, Shanghai, Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, and a few other major domestic airports as of June 2018. However, many of these flights make stops en route, operate only on specific days, and do not operate over the winter.
Zhangye has frequent high-speed rail connections from Lanzhou via Xining, both of which have much larger airports than Zhangye's. These airports are likely to be more convenient for many visitors.
Zhangye West Railway StationThis high-speed station has D-train service to destinations such as Urumqi (8.5-9.5 hr, ¥401.5), Xining (2 hr, ¥91.5), Lanzhou (3-3.5 hr, ¥149.5), and Xi'an (6.5-7 hr, ¥324).
Zhangye StationApproximately 49 passenger train services 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. There is a railway ticket office downtown in Marco Polo Street, for a ¥5 surcharge, negating having to travel out to the station.
Zhangye Bus Stationphone: +86 936-8215022address: 381 West Ring Road, Ganzhou District (甘州区西环路381号)Zhangye Qicai Danxia takes about 1.5 hr (¥10), Zhangye Binggou Danxia takes 1.5-2 hr (¥12), Xining takes about 7 hr (¥65).
Zhangye East Bus Stationphone: +86 936-8214073address: 122 East Ring Road (东环路122号)Wuwei takes about 3-6 hr, Lanzhou takes about 11 hr. Yinchuan
Zhangye South Bus Stationaddress: 478 South Ring Road (南环路478号)Dunhuang takes about 12 hr, Jiayuguan takes about 4 hr, Lanzhou takes about 10 hr, Mati Si takes 2-3 hr, and Xining takes about 12 hr.
By busTake 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 busYou 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.
phone: +86 936 6933666address: 大佛寺步行街(大佛寺), Giant Buddha Temple, biggest Chinese wooden indoor Reclining Buddha. 34.5 m long, 7.5 m high. This temple is the reputed birthplace for the Mongol emperor, Kublai Khan.
Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park (Qicai Danxia)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.
There is a private bus company that operates from the West Bus Station that will drop you off at the north entrance of the park for 15Rmb (as of Jun 2019). The bus operates between 0730-1730. A taxi will cost about 100Rmb, one way, from Zhangye city center to the park... if you can get the driver to use their meter. As stated above, the park is fairly small, three hours is more than enough time to see it thoroughly. It's well worth the trip if you are in the region.
Blackwater National siteIn the 12.5 km northwest of the Zhangye. 15 km long from north to south and 10 km 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 4 km². Most of the tombs have been buried in sand, who have not traveled was buried by the desert, most of the liberation excavation.
Nanhu ParkNanhu 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.
Mati Si Temple & mountain scenery65 km south of the city proper, in the Sunan Yugu (Tibetan) Autonomous Prefecture, lies Mati Temple, or Horse's Hoof Temple (Mati Si). Temples and grottoes are carved into the side of a cliff in several zones spread over several kilometres. Several of these can be visited and climbed through, in some cases through tight vertical passageways using small footholds and handholds. Most of the statues were heavily damaged in the 1960s, but the buildings and passageways are in good shape. Besides the temple you can do a 2-hr horse tour passing a fantastic landscape (horse ride ¥150-200) or hike.
Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park (Binggou Danxia)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.
Pingshanhu Grand CanyonMore rock-based scenery. About 60 km northeast of Zhangye, this area supposedly resembles the Grand Canyon in Arizona.
- Swim in Hei river
Huayi Hotelphone: +86 936 8242118address: East StreetNo English sign or English spoken but easy to find - opposite the pedestrian street, about 100 m east of the Drum Tower. It has two stone lions on either side of a revolving door.
Zhongguang Hotelphone: +86 936 5985449address: Second Floor establishment, Xianfu Street
Zhangye Qicai Danxia International Youth Hostelphone: +86-936-8588918address: No.182 HuanChengXi Road GanZhou District
Honghao Hotelphone: +86 936 8250588address: 11 Xianfu Street
Jindu Hotelphone: +86 936 8245088address: 19 East Street
Holiday Inn Expressaddress: 184 W. Huancheng RdNew, clean, comfortable, western chain hotel. It's kind of isolated and there is not much within walking distance. The #4 bus has a stop immediately in front of the hotel that can take you to the city center. It was about 130Rmb or $20usd per night (Jun 2019).
Zhangye Hotelphone: +86 936 8212601
Huachen International Hotelphone: +86 936 8257777
- Minle, in Zhangye Prefecture
- Mati Temple - in the Tibetan town of Mati, more caves carved into a cliff.
- Qilian mountains
- Zhangye Danxia Landscape - 1-1½ hr by bus from the West Station.