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.

 See detailed Zhangye - Lanzhou Train, Zhangye - Jiayuguan Train, Xi'an - Zhangye Train

 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 Sep. 25, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Zhangye Travel
Asked by Sanjib Mandal from INDIA | Sep. 23, 2018 02:15Reply
Is there any Hostel or Hotel near Zhangye Danxia national park west gate?
What's the distance between the national park north gate to west gate ?
Is it walkable ?

thank you
Answers (3)
Answered by Reina from GERMANY | Sep. 25, 2018 01:38

There are many hotels near the west gate and you can go there to find one. It’s about 3km from west gate to north gate and I think it’s a little far to go on foot.
Answered by Sanjib Mandal from INDIA | Sep. 25, 2018 02:18

Thank you Reina for your valuable reply.
I have some more query then.
1. Which one the main gate (North Or West) ?
2. Are 1 & 2 Number viewing point near West Gate Or North Gate ?
3. Have you any idea about taxi charge for the ride from Zhangye Railway Station to Danxia Geo Park?

thank you
Answered by Reina from GERMANY | Sep. 25, 2018 02:40

The north gate is the main gate and the No. 1 & 2 viewing point are also near the north gate.
It may charge more than CNY 300 from the railway station to the park.
Asked by avi from ISRAEL | Aug. 29, 2018 07:00Reply
How to get from Zhangye airport to the city?
Is there a shuttle bus? What hours and cost? Thank you.
Answers (1)
Answered by Emma from NETHERLANDS | Aug. 29, 2018 23:34

You can take the shuttle bus to the downtown area which takes about CNY 20. It seems the bus time is according to the flight time. You are suggested to confirm it with the staff in the airport.
Asked by avi from GREECE | Aug. 29, 2018 06:57Reply
how to get from Zhangye airport to my hotel? (7 Days Premium Zhangye Bus Station Branch)
Is there a shuttle bus?
If so how much is it supposed to cost, and what hours does it run?
Thank you.
Answers (1)
Answered by Nancy from NETHERLANDS | Aug. 29, 2018 23:36

You can take the shuttle bus to the downtown area which takes about CNY 20 and then you need to take a taxi. It seems the bus time is according to the flight time. Or you can take a taxi directly, the fare is about CNY 50 to 60 in the day time.
Asked by Minha from PAKISTAN | Aug. 18, 2018 06:35Reply
How to get to the stripped mountains in Zhangye?
I want to visit the stripped mountains there from 21-23. How to get to the stripped mountains?
Answers (1)
Answered by Alexander from FRANCE | Aug. 22, 2018 02:33

There are two buses from Zhangye West Bus Station to the park at 7:30 and 17:10.
Asked by xan from SPAIN | Aug. 17, 2018 18:58Reply
sleep near Zhangye Danxia national park
In october are closed hotels? or it´s too late? there is no rooms availabe, or only for chinese people.

No options for tourist? the only option to sleep is in Zhangye city?

thank you
Answers (1)
Answered by Charles from AUSTRIA | Aug. 21, 2018 23:20

You can also stay in Qicai Town near the park and you’d better book the rooms in advance. I don’t think you need to book the hotel in advance since there are many hostels available! Have a nice trip!
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