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“far but worth it!”

Yadan National Geological Park
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Ranked #4 of 46 things to do in Dunhuang
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Shanghai, China
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“far but worth it!”
Reviewed September 2, 2012

We had only 2 full days in Dunhuang but made it all work easily. We rented a car and driver from the Silk Road Hotel (1500 RMB for the weekend or about $230USD), and on one day they took us out to Yadan National Park.

The drive through desert is often boring (about 2.5 hours), but there are stretches of beautiful mountain scenery.

Once you get to the Park, you must get onto a tour bus (it seems private cars not allowed in the park itself), which takes you and 30 other Chinese tourists to 5 stops within the park at 10 minute intervals, with a final 1 hour interval for exploring. WEAR SNEAKERS! The gravel does not work well in flip flops.

The restaurant at the entrance to the park isn't bad either- although quite self service and no English menu. Also, this is China...don't forget your own soap/Purell and tissues!

Amazing scenery and definitely worth it.

Visited August 2012
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Lodi, CA
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Looks like outer space”
Reviewed July 1, 2012

Reminded us a lot of Zion Natioanl Park in Utah. Huge rock formations in the middle of the desertt. Woth the trip becasue then you go view the Great Wall and the Western Caves.

Visited July 2012
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Whanganui, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
“Quite a drive but worth it”
Reviewed June 14, 2012

It was great to get out and see the formations. New facilities make it eaiser to see and get around.

Visited May 2012
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Barcelona, Spain
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83 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Not so interesting”
Reviewed April 24, 2012

After being in Zhangye Danxia, Yadan is not so interesting. It's a long ride, 1hr from Yumeng Guan.

Visited November 2011
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“A long hot day but amazing”
Reviewed June 13, 2011

If you care about seeing natural landscape this is a must-do. The Ya Dan landscape was a lake about 12,000 years ago and since then has eroded into amazing landscapes of sandstone. The journey to the area takes you through more or less stony desert, rather than sand. We actually saw a black wolf eating something just off the road. There are 2 entry fees--1 to get into the general nature reserve area (this lets you see the Han wall and the Yumen gate) and a 2nd to be shown around the Ya Dan geological forms--you can't go in by yourself even if you bring your own car. Unfortunately, all explanations (spoken and written) are in Chinese so bring a translator or use your imagination when you view the rocks.
You can join a tour bus from Dunhuang for around 80RMB or take a taxi for around 360RMB. Entry fees add another approx 200RMB per person. Still worth it.

Visited June 2011
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