Location: Gansu province, Zhangye City 甘肃省 张掖市
How to get there: by train to Zhangye and then 1 hour by bus or car.
There’s only one bus in the morning and one bus back in the afternoon. It leaves from Zhangye West Bus Station 张掖西站.
A taxi is around 300 yuan from your hotel in Zhangye and back again.
Time needed in the scenic area: half a day
Time of visit: April 2019
Back of entrance ticket:
Scenic area bus ticket. It’s almost half an hour by bus from the entrance to the start of trekking.
A plank road, parallel to the main road, starts here. Very few tourists get off the bus at this point, most people continue a couple of kilometers to the last bus stop, where the main plank road starts.
The buses stop here
The stairs leading down into the canyon
At the bottom of the canyon
There are two different paths out of the canyon up to the top. The following 3 photos are from the best path, just follow the main path straight ahead and ignore the smaller path called Yixiantian (“One line sky”) 一线天.
The alternative path Yixiantian (“One line sky”) 一线天 looks like this, it’s shorter but there are less beautiful views.
The top of the Yixiantian stairs seen from above
The two paths (mostly stairs) leading up from the bottom of the canyon meet at this point. You are supposed to continue to follow the stairs up to the top, but it’s worth following the small path on the photo below for a while, there are some very nice views. It’s not meant for tourists, only for workers in the canyon, but there are no obstacles.
Follow this path
The small path ends here
Some more views close to the top of the canyon:
Trekking ends here, the buses back to the entrance start from this place