Yadan National Geopark ​- geologically developed Yadan landforms

Last Update: 17th October 2020


Located 180 kilometers from Dunhuang, Yadan National GeoPark is also called Yadan Devil City. It is situated 100 kilometers southeast of Yumen Pass. At the park, you will be shocked at the unique scenery of the desert and different geological wonders.

Yadan National Geopark ​Fast Facts
  • Chinese Name: Yadan Guojia Dizhi Gongyuan (雅丹国家地质公园)
  • Area: 346.34 x square kilometers
  • Things to do there: Photography, Hiking, Geology
  • Who visits: Photographers, Adventure Enthusiasts, Geologists
  • Time required: 2 – 3 x hours
What to expect at the Yadan National Geopark

Yadan National GeoPark is located at the border of Xinjiang and Gansu. It features a variety of geological relics with 77 geological relics, including geomorphological landscapes, geological structures, water landscapes, and geological vestige landscapes, tectonic traces, fluvial geomorphologic landscape, wind geomorphologic landscape, desert landscapes, lakes and marshes, the relic landscapes of geological disaster, etc.


At the park, you will find many geological sculptures, such as turtles go to the sea, black sea and the lonesome boat (wind-eroded tower), image of Beethoven (wind-eroded tower), sea lion (wind-eroded tower), head of the dinosaur (wind-eroded pillar), peacock (wind-eroded pillar), penguin (wind-eroded pillar), dragon city (Yadan landform combination), the train comes into the train station (wind-eroded ridge), castles, streets and the like.

Best time to visit the Yadan National Geopark

The best time to visit Yadan National GeoPark is in the morning during the opening hours.


The best months to visit are from May to October.


How to get to the Yadan National Geopark

There is only one direct bus from Dunhuang Hotel (敦煌饭店) to the Yadan National GeoPark. Therefore, there are only a few options.

  • Rent a vehicle to the park. This is the quickest and most direct option.
  • Take a direct bus from Dunhuang Hotel
Additional Yadan National Geopark Travel Advice
  • Opening hours: 06:30 – 22:00 (the tickets are not issued from 19:30)
  • As at 17th October 2020, the entrance pricing to the park (including the entrance ticket and shuttle bus) is 120 CNY per person; the elder between 60 years old (60 years old not included) and 70 years old (70 years old not included) are charged 95 CNY per person; children under 1.2m tall (1.2m tall not included) are free of charge; the elder above 70 years old (70 years old included) are free of charge; the entrance pricing to the park (only the entrance ticket) is 50 CNY per person. For the latest pricing information, please contact us via email (info@wendyweitours.com)
  • Please check out the weather forecast in case that Dunhuang is attacked by sand storms when you are visiting the park.
  • Please take enough drinking water with you.
  • Please wear the sunscreen cream.
Interested in visiting the Yadan National Geopark on a Tour?
Wendy Wei Tours offers a variety of different packaged tours as well as custom tours including the Yadan National Geopark, among other attractions and destinations. To find out more, please visit our Tours page or Contact Us directly to find out more.