Red Wave Valley Danxia Landform – Yulin, China - Atlas Obscura

Red Wave Valley Danxia Landform

Yulin, China

A fascinating example of the Danxia landform is characterized by its striking red sandstone formations.  


When we think of breathtaking landscapes, the Arizona “Wave” natural landform often comes to mind, captivating visitors with its mesmerizing wavy lines sculpted by the forces of geology and wind erosion. However, at the same latitude in Shaanxi Province of China lies a spectacle with even more stunning scenery—the Jingbian Red Wave Valley in Jingbian County, Shaanxi Province. 

The Red Wave Valley is a fascinating example of the Danxia landform, primarily characterized by its striking red sandstone formations, which took shape between the Permian and Triassic periods, hundreds of millions of years ago. Over time, the relentless forces of wind and rain have meticulously crafted the landscape, creating a sinuous pattern akin to layers of rocky waves seemingly rushing toward the viewer. 

Unlike the red and white hues in Arizona, the Jingbian Wave Valley boasts a pure red palette set amidst the golden plateau. This vibrant red is anything but monotonous; it weaves intricate and captivating patterns as if each layer tells a unique story. Consequently, the locals affectionately refer to it as “Flame Danxia.”

The Jingbian Red Wave Valley offers various areas for exploration, each with its own distinct charm. Many of the pathways are paved to provide easy hiking and to preserve the delicate sandstone for generations to come.

Know Before You Go

Entry to the nature park costs 89 RMB for adults and 45 RMB for children.

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