Yadan National Geological Park (Ghost Town)

Ghost Town

About 100 kilometers northwest of Yumenguan Pass, Gansu Province, Yadan National Geological Park is a typical Yadang landform with a length of 25 kilometers from east to west and a width of 13 kilometers from north to south. When it blows here, scary ghost voice spasmodically occurs, thus local people call it Ghost Town.

This newly established Yadang landform park covers an area of about 400 square kilometers. It had gone through 700,000 to 300,000 years of evolution. There is no grass and wood but stones and sea of sands everywhere. Various natural erosion figures resembling animals, pagodas, temples, buses and boats are presented to people under the blue sky. Due to the broad Gobi desert and perilous paths, few people set their feet here before. Even local people seldom go there and simply know some legends about it. With the development of local tourism industry, the roads getting through the landform are gradually built, which create conditions of presenting this miraculous scenery to people.

What to See/Do: In this broad and peculiar “castle”, you will see sculptures, made by the great natural, bearing resemblances to city wall, street, building, square, church etc. There are miniatures of most famous architectures in the world, such as the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, the Potala Palace in Tibet, the pyramid and Sphinx in Egypt, the Mongolian yurt on grasslands, to name a few. In addition, you will also see sculptures of a martial general, a giant lion on desert, a peacock that shows its tail, a camel troop on Silk Road, fleets, fishes etc. When set yourself in this “castle”, you will feel that you are actually in an architectural art museum.
Duration: 3 – 4 hours
Admission: 80RMB
Address: 90 km northwest of Dunhuang, Gansu Province.
Opening time: 08:00-17:30.
Public transport: We suggest you chartering a car to visit it.

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