Exploratory Tour of Zhangye
One of the Four Commanderies of Hexi, Zhangye has a much lower profile than Dunhuang, another commandery about 500 kilometers away. When it comes to Zhangye, most people immediately think of the colorful Danxia landforms. Zhangye bore witness to the magnificent history of the famous general Huo Qubing and, in particular, his defeat of the Xiongnu (the Huns) during the Western Han Dynasty. The general has long since gone, but you can still get a feel for the two thousand years of history through the vast Qilian Mountains, the relics of the Great Wall of the Han and Ming Dynasties scattered in the Gobi Desert, and the Shandan Army Horse-breeding Farm that has stood the test of time for a thousand years.