Zhangye Travel Guide
Zhangye was called "Jin Zhangye" in ancient China and was one of the political, economic, cultural and diplomatic centers in northwest China due to its strategically military importance. Zhangye was one of the four counties in Hexi Corridor (the region west of Yellow River) and was once known as Ganzhou. Situated in the central part of Hexi Corridor in Gansu Province, Zhangye is adjacent to Wuwei area and Jinchang city to the east and connected with Jiuquan area to the west, which makes it the converging point of joint southern and northern routes of the ancient Silk Road.
Zhangye is a flourishing oasis in the bleak desert. It lies to the north of Qilian Mountain, to the south of Heli Hill and Longshou Hill with the Black River running though the whole area. The landscape of Zhangye contains luxuriant forests, prairies, snow-capped mountains and bare desert.
The Zhangye city has a long history dating back to more than 2000 years ago. The area boasts numerous scenic attractions and historical sites. There are ancient buildings, such as the Great Buddha Temple, the Xilai Temple (West-coming Temple), the Earth Pagoda, the Zhenyuan Building, the Shanxi Assembly Hall and the Barn of Ming Dynasty, and also historic relics, such as the site of Black Water State, the Tombs Complex of Han Dynasty, the Ancient Rampart and Beacon Tower on the Great Wall. There is gorgeous natural scenery, such as the Sweet Spring Park, the Desert Park, the Black Water Village and Da Yekou Natural Beauty Spot, and also colorful folk customs featured by Han, Hui, Mongol, Tibet and Yugu.
Phone Code: 0936
Postal Code: 734000
Land Area: 40,000 square kilometers
Administrative Divisions: One district, four counties and one autonomous county are under its jurisdiction, i.e. Ganzhou District, Shandan County, Minle County, Linze county, Gaotai County and Yugu antomonous county in the south of Gansu province.
Top Things To Do in Zhangye
Overview The Mati Temple grotto is in Sunan, in the Gu autonomous county. It is around 65 km north of the Zhangye City. The roads are good for driving to the tourist destination. While... [ View Details ]
Overview The Shandan Horse Ranch is located in Qilaian Mountains Damayin pastureland. It is 55 km away from the Shandan County in Zhangye prefecture. The ranch has a 2000 year old hist... [ View Details ]
The site of the Black Water State and Tombs Complex of the Han Dynasty is about 15 kilometers from south to north and 10 kilometers from east to west. The Tombs Complex covers about 4 square kilome... [ View Details ]