The Creative Work of Nature : These incredible landscapes look as if they have been painted in the sweeping pastel brush strokes of an impressionistic artwork.
But in fact these remarkable pictures show the actual scenery of Danxia Landform at Nantaizi village of Nijiaying town, in Linzhe county of Zhangye, Gansu province of China.
What a place to live: Villagers walk a path between two stunning rock formations at Nantaizi village of Nijiaying town in Linzhe county of Zhangye, Gansu province, China.
Formed of layers of reddish sandstone, the terrain has over time been eroded into a series of mountains surrounded by curvaceous cliffs and unusual rock formations.
The World Heritage Committee decided to include China Danxia Landform in the World Heritage List at its 34th meeting being held in Brasilia, capital of Brazil, on August 1, 2010.
In typically Chinese style, the signage local to the rock formations pictured now boast of it as a ‘world famous UNESCO geopark of China’.
The China Daxia world heritage site in fact covers a range of landscapes in Southern China, of which Mount Daxia in Guangdong is only the most famous.
The other five are: Mount Langshan and Mount Wanfoshan, Hunan Province; Taining and Guanzhoushan, Fujian Province; Mount Longhu and Guifeng, Jiangxi Province; Mount Chishui, Guizhou Province; and Fangyan and Mount Jianglang, Zhejiang Province.
Walkers can be seen against the stunning backdrop of the rock formation in Gansu province, China.
Blues, reds and golds are among the colours visible in the breathtaking rock formations in Gansu, China.
Danxia Landform at Nantaizi village, Nijiaying town, is popular among tourists in China who come to enjoy scenic walks among the unusual rock formations.
The unique hilly terrain of the Danxia Landform is close to the city of Zhangye, in the north west of China.