Zhangye Travel Guide

Zhangye Travel Guide

Map of Zhangye

Zhangye Facts

Chinese Name: 张掖 (zhāng yè)
Population: 4.46 million
Total Area: 41,900 square kilometers (16,177 square miles)
Nationalities: Han, Yugu, Tibetan, Hui, Mongolian, Zhuang, Uygur
Zip Code: 734000
Area Code: 0936

Location: situated in the western part of Gansu province, midway through Hexi Corridor; located between 97 20'-102 12' east longitude and 37 28'-39 57' north latitude.

Administrative Division: one district (Ganzhou District) and five counties (Linze County, Gaotai County, Shandan County, Minle County and Sunan Yugur Autonomous County)
Neighboring Areas: Shaanxi, Sichuan, and Qinghai provinces, Inner Mongolia, Ningxia Hui and Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Regions

As an important commercial port on the ancient Silk Road, Zhangye has rich historic sites and amazing natural sceneries. The famous tourist attractions in the city include the Wooden Pagoda Temple, Danxia National Geological Park, Bell and Drum TowerShandan Buddha Temple and Shandan Horse Farm, and Giant Buddha Temple.

 Mountains: Mt. Qilian, Heli Mountain and Longshou Mountain

 Rivers: Heihe River

Giant Buddha Temple
Giant Buddha Temple
Wooden Pagoda Temple
Wooden Pagoda Temple

Recommended Tour

5 Days Lanzhou and Zhangye Tour

How to get to/around Zhangye

 By Air: Zhangye Airport has been in use since November, 2011. It is about 13km to the south of the city. Currently, it only has flights between Xi'an and Zhangte via Lanzhou every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

 By Train: By far the most convenient way to get into and out of the city is still by train. Zhangye Railway Station is a major stop along the Lanzhou-Urumqi Railway Line. It has non-bullet trains which run daily to and from Shanghai, Xi'an and Lanzhou. Zhangye West Railway Station is a stop along Lanzhou-Xinjiang High Speed Railway. It mainly operates high speed trains to Urumqi, Turpan, Jiayuguan, Xining, and Lanzhou.

 Major Rail Lines from Zhangye to:

 By Long-distance Bus: It is also a convenient way to travel by long-distance bus. The East Long-distance Bus Station, located at the East Circle City Road, has buses running to Wuwei, Lanzhou and Yinchuan. Passengers can also take buses from the South Long-distance Bus Station in Zhangye to Dunhuang, Jiayuguan, Lanzhou, Matisi and Xining.

 By public bus and taxi: It is easily to travel around the city by inner-city buses and taxis.



 Zhangye Climatic Features: continental climate with average sunlight of over 3,000 hours annually; coldest in January and hottest in July, and the comfortable time for travel is from June to September.
Average Temperature: 7 °C annually
Rainfall: annual average rainfall 104 millimeters-459 millimeters (4 inches-18 inches)

 When to Go: The best time to Zhangye is from June to September due to the easeful weather condition.

Zhangye Travel Tips

 Physical Features: located in the area where the Qinghai-Tibet and Inner Mongolia Plateaus meet; borders the Mt. Qilian in the south, Heli Mountain and Longshou Mountain in the north; long and narrow climb in the shape of a running horse; the highest altitude in southeast reaches 5,564 meters (18,254 feet) and the lowest altitude in northwest is 1,284 meters (4,212 feet); the elevation of Zhangye is 1,474 meters (4,835 feet).

 History: anciently named Ganzhou, it was a famous commercial port on the Silk Road and one of the biggest international trade markets in the country. Merchants from the west continuously arrived here for trading. Irrigation from the Black and Shandan rivers makes agriculture here quite well-developed. It has gained the reputation of "lush southern-type fields in the desert".

 Special Local Products: Wujiang Rice, Zhang Wine made of local grapes, Xiaohe Chinese Dates, Mingle Garlic, Rapeseed, Huangsheng, Gaotai Capsicum, Paper Cuttings, local embroideries, cashmere

 Local Highlights: Folk art performances taking place on traditional or religions festivals are popular, including walking on stilts, a boat that runs on land, the dragon dance, yangko, cantata and more.

- Last modified on Aug. 30, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Zhangye Travel
Asked by w from SINGAPORE | Aug. 20, 2019 12:36Reply
Would like to head to the Danxia National Geological Park in dec 2019
Is it recommended to go during December?
Answers (1)
Answered by Kennedy from UKRAINE | Aug. 21, 2019 20:44

Don't worry. It is still worth to visit that scenic area in December. Have a nice journey!
Asked by H.G. Kho from NEDERLAND | Apr. 13, 2019 15:10Reply
zhangye-lanzhou by bus
pls provide me with the bus time schedule
Answers (1)
Answered by Jackson from CANADA | Apr. 16, 2019 22:38

The bus schedules are 07:00, 07:50, 08:40, 09:30, 10:20, 11:10, 12:00, 13:00, 19:30 and 20:00.
Asked by Chitsubha Srobol from THAILAND | Mar. 16, 2019 01:52Reply
what is the bus schedule from Zhangye to Dunhuang?
Please recommend website of bus that we can reserve in advance? We plan to travel on 8 April 2019.
From Chitsubha (Thailand)
Answers (1)
Answered by Dylan from CANADA | Mar. 19, 2019 23:20

There is no direct bus to Dunhuang. You are suggested to take a train from Zhengye Railway Station to Dunhuang Railway Station. The duration is 7-8 hours. TravelChinaGuide.com provides train ticket booking service. Their contact information is bookingtravelchinaguide.com
Asked by Aiman from MALAYSIA | Jan. 30, 2019 12:25Reply
Arriving at Zhangye West Station at night and I'm planning to go straight for Zhangye Station.
Is there any taxi available at night and how much would it cost? Thanks in advance
Answers (1)
Answered by Cynthia from UNITED KINGDOM | Jan. 31, 2019 23:28

Yes, in general, it won't be difficult for you to take a taxi. The cost is CNY30 to 40.
Asked by Malcolm from UKRAINE | Dec. 22, 2018 04:13Reply
02.00 early morning arrival train into Zhangye
Is there taxi service at this hour ?
Cost of taxi to Hua Chen area, please.
Thank you.
Answers (2)
Answered by Abigail from AUSTRALIA | Dec. 23, 2018 23:58

Yes, don't worry. It won't be difficulty for you to find a taxi. If you can give the exact address, I can calculate the cost.
Answered by Sanjib Mandal from INDIA | Jan. 05, 2019 23:49

Yes you always find taxi outside Railway Station. If you have booking in hotel, I recommend you to ask the hotel to arrange. Otherwise you have to bargain. I took a taxi at 4 a.m. to Danxia Geological Park (around 50km) and the cost was 150 CNY.
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