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These stunning offical images of China’s Rainbow Mountains show rock formations that look like they have been taken by an exploration rover on another planet. However, they do actually exist! This stunning mountainscape – part of the Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park in Gansu, China, has recently acquired World Heritage Site status..

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“China Danxia is the name given in China to landscapes developed on continental red terrigenous sedimentary beds influenced by endogenous forces (including uplift) and exogenous forces (including weathering and erosion). The inscribed site comprises six areas found in the sub-tropical zone of south-west China. They are characterized by spectacular red cliffs and a range of erosional landforms, including dramatic natural pillars, towers, ravines, valleys and waterfalls. These rugged landscapes have helped to conserve sub-tropical broad-leaved evergreen forests, and host many species of flora and fauna, about 400 of which are considered rare or threatened.” - whc.unesco.org

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