Location: Gansu province, Zhangye City, Linze County 甘肃省 张掖市 临泽县
How to get there: by train to Zhangye and then 1 hour by bus or car.
15 minutes (12 km) away from Qicai Danxia lies another scenic area, Binggou Danxia 冰沟丹霞 (see this post).
The bus from Zhangye to Sunan 肃南 leaves roughly once an hour, it stops close to both the Qicai and Binggou entrances. It’s recommended to visit both places the same day, and the most convenient way is to pay around 300 yuan for a car and driver from your hotel in Zhangye and back again.
Time needed in the scenic area: half a day
Official website (in Chinese): http://www.zydanxia.com/
Time of visit: April 2019
Bus ticket from Zhangye
Linze County tourist map
Ordinary tickets are 74 yuan, but there’s also another kind of tickets for 348 yuan/person. The expensive tickets include a private bus with driver and guide, and you are also allowed to visit a couple of areas not included in ordinary tickets. The full tour takes around 4 hours.
Avoid visiting the scenic area between July 10th and October 10th every year, because the helicopter service is very noisy (during our visit in April 2019 it was quiet).