Zhangye borders Inner Mongolia on the north and Qinghai on the south. It covers an area of 42,000 square kilometers with a population of 1.199 million. It was called as Ganzhou in ancient time. As the ‘arm’ in Zhang Period to the communication with the western regions in Western Han Dynasty, Zhangye got its name and has always been praised as ‘the Yangtze River region in the frontier’ and ‘the golden Zhangye’.
Zhangye is a high taste integrated tourism-rich region in West China and is an important tourist destination of the Silk Road golden tourist route. There are the wetland park nearest to city - Zhangye National Wetland Park; the biggest indoor wood stuffed and clay sculptured lying Buddha of the world; the most beautiful colorful Danxia of China; the best preserved ancient capital of Northern Liang of China - ancient ruins of Camel City; national classic red scenic spot - Memorial for West Army of Chinese Workers’ and Peasants’ Red Army; and the largest royal stud farm of the world - Shandan Horse Farm.