Yadan National Park

Yadan National Park

An impressive desert of intricate rock formations pretty much sums up Yadan National Park. It is situated 180km north west of the tidy town of Dunhuang, Gansu Province, China. Yadan is only accessible by tour coach or taxi, the latter of which would be quite pricey. 400 square kilometres of the national park boasts a sea of geomorphic sculptures which have slowly been refining over the past 700,00 years, they make sporadic appearances through the desert landscape and are most incredible during sunset. The spectacles are heightened as the sun casts an orange glow over the formations and their shadows are elongated.

 

Yadan National Park is one of the rewarding places to travel in western China

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Yadan National Park, Places to travel in western China

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How to Get to Yadan National Park:

Book a tour for Yadan National Park from any cafe/hostel in Dunhuang city in Gansu Province. Most tours usually include a visit to the ancient Great Wall of China and the Yumenguan or Jade Gate Pass that was originally China’s western access point from the Silk Road. It dates back to the Han Dynasty (206 BC- 220 AD) but remains stark against an otherwise deserted scrublands. The only other way to get here is by taxi but this is an expensive option and may not give you the freedom to explore the area the way a tour does (can’t believe I just heard myself say that).

 

Be prepared to feel like ‘tourist cattle’, unfortunately sometimes that’s the only way to see what you want to see. On out tour the Chinese passengers in front of us were trying to take selfies on their iPad that included us. We made a great game of hiding behind our maps at the right moment and watching them wondering how they’d missed us.

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Yadan National Park, Places to travel in western China

 

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Prue Sinclair is a twenty-eight year old Aussie who for the past seven years has been exploring the furthermost reaches of the World. Living anywhere but her homeland, she now resides somewhere in the UK where she writes about the adventures of her Ultimate British Road Trip. Her message is simple: You can get anywhere on any budget, you just need to think outside the box. You can trust she's finding her way to somewhere lesser-known and writing a 'How To' guide.

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