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These Rainbow Mountains Are Real

Really, really real.

China’s Zhangye Danxia is a psychedelic geological dream.

The technicolour mountains are located near the city of Zhangye in China’s northwestern Gansu province and the rainbow rocks are a result of mineral and sandstone deposited over a time span of 24 million years. When tectonic plates lifted the mountain range, the layer-cake of coloured rocks rose from the depths. Over time, wind and rain sculpted she sharp rocks into the amazing shapes, peaks and troughs that exist today, streaked with bursts of colour that are most visible after the rain.

The formations are fast becoming a tourism destination with viewing platforms, boardwalks and roads to encourage people to explore the amazing site.

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 (Lead image: ChinaFotoPress/Getty)


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