This blog has an image from Zhangye, Province of Gansu, China.

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This mountain is made of earths or stones in gradients of often bright colors, predominantly red but also yellows and blues.

However I cannot find directions anywhere to the landform, from Zhangye or anywhere else.

I suspect it's in the mountains SW of Zhangye, but I'd need either a satellite image or clear definitive instructions to be able to accept an answer. Just "go to Zhangye" would not be enough :(

  • Have you tried emailing the blog owner?
    – Grzenio
    Commented Aug 2, 2012 at 6:51
  • @Grzenio - yeah, he just collects interesting pics from the internet, hasn't been there himself.
    – Mark Mayo
    Commented Aug 2, 2012 at 7:38
  • Strange, I was sure we'd already had this question. Commented Aug 2, 2012 at 8:33

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This is what you want in Google Maps.

This Phenomenon is called Danxia landform. You can see more pics here.

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    Looks like the particular image in the question had some creative colour adjustment applied, and you probably shouldn't expect to see blues like that picture. The photos here seem a bit more representative.
    – John Lyon
    Commented Aug 2, 2012 at 5:16
  • Thanks Halabi. I knew it was the Danxia, thus the tags, but wanted to find a location in Google Maps to confirm my suspicion that as jozzas points out, it's likely had some treatment to the colours. Still pretty spectacular!
    – Mark Mayo
    Commented Aug 2, 2012 at 6:40
  • I would love to go there. I am going to China soon but for three days only. It won't be enough to go there. If you ever go plz share the photos. Commented Aug 5, 2012 at 19:20

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