Our next destination was Zhangye, standing in the center of the Hexi corridor, Zhangye is a national historical and cultural city and an important tourist destination in the tourist area of the Silk Road. It is endowed with diverse natural topographies, ranging from deserts to forests, grasslands, and mountains. National Geographic magazine called the Zhangye Danxia National Geographic Park one of the world’s top ten geographic wonders with its extraordinary Danxia landform. Zhangye is a fertile area with a wealth of specialties. It is one of the national modern agriculture demonstration areas of China, long known as “Golden Zhangye”.
I arrived at Zhangye Railway Station around 5 pm with nine other expats from countries like Pakistan, America, Canada, Russia, Belarus, Spain, Turkmenistan and Ghana with China Daily team and some officers from Propaganda Department of Gansu and English tour guide. At Zhangye Railway station few officials from local government welcomed us and then we got on the bus and went to the next stop in Zhangye (Sunan Yugur Autonomous County), nearly 110 km from downtown. We reached there around 7 pm., Some local government officials were already waiting for us there. Outside, it was already dusk, tiny snowflakes I felt on my hands, local officials organizing our dinner for local Muslim repatriates. The food is wonderful, we tried some local delicacies there, I tasted the best Chinese mutton there and right now my mouth is overflowing with water. What an arouma, spices and traditional Chinese tea, the best meal on the trip was no doubt, I just love it. We checked into the local hotel after dinner.
Baersi Snow Mountain
The next morning, we were able to climb “Baersi Snow Mountain” The snow-capped Snow Mountain Baersi looks picturesque under the morning light of early winter. The mountain is a holy mountain for the Yugur minority community in Sunan Yugur Autonomous County. It was amazing to have climbed 4000 meters in height. At the peak of the mountain, a vivid landscape stretches out. That is the lovely Sunan in the early winter. We continued our journey towards the downtown area after we ascended the mountain. For lunch, the Mayor of Zhangye and other local government officials organized and hosted an impressive banquet in Linze County. A beautifully decorated table was ready for us on our arrival. We had very tasty food over there at lunch time.
Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park — Rainbow Mountains
We set out in the afternoon to visit the Danxia landform., Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park is situated in the eastern foothills of the Qilian Mountains. The geological park has a stunning landform area of Danxia (/dan-sshyaa/’red cloud ‘) that stretches about 50 square kilometers (19 square miles). A masterpiece of nature is the Danxia Landforms. The vivid ridges of the mountains are just like heaven’s overturned palette. We visited the best viewing platforms with the help of our guides and the best route to see the most beautiful parts of this area.
We had the opportunity to visit a local county museum the next morning and then Haisheng Group, Haisheng Group was founded in 1996 and ranked in 2002 as the main leading national agricultural industrialization enterprise. In 2005, the main board of the Hong Kong Red Chip stock exchange was listed. It has 13 manufacturing plants in 8 Chinese provinces, and a terminal filling plant has been developed. With a total planting area of more than 210000 mu, Haisheng has 93 traditional modern agricultural planting bases. For more than 10 years, it has popularized the low rootstock close planting technology, benefiting 2 million fruit growers, and reaching more than 300,000 customers every day. We visited the world’s highest level of advanced agricultural greenhouse facilities, 100 percent environmental control, logistics and artificial intelligence management technology. Sweet peppers, cherry tomatoes, baby cucumbers and strawberry items are currently planted there.
In addition to the delicious food at lunch time, we had the opportunity to sample a local red wine and the nationally famous Baijiu liquor, and another county, local government and Gansu propaganda department arranged the last lunch. We had amazing experiences in Lanzhou and Zhangye, gaining valuable insight into the history and culture of Lanzhou, Zhangye and the Gansu Province. The heartwarming hospitality made us feel very welcome and happy right from the outset.