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This landscape is often referred to as the "painted mountains" or "rainbow rocks" in the Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park. Staying on paths, is essential (and park wardens patrol to check on this) so as not to damage these delicate formations. Some of the rock formations in the Geological Park just look good enough to eat ... maybe with a giant ice cream scoop ;) These layered rock formations are actually incredibly fragile, soft and easily crushed and destroyed. Mere footsteps create deep impressions and leave nothing but fine powdery dust. The painted mountains of the Danxia Landscape in China are the result of sedimentary deposits over millions of years and the same tectonic plate action responsible for the formation of parts of the Himalayas. In recent years this area was awarded geological park status. This scenically stunning landscape is best visited at sunrise and / or sunset as this is when the colours are at their most spectacular. If captured on a sunny day after some rain, the colours are even more vibrant.