At first glance, these may appear to be paintings, but they’re actually real rock formations in China. Located in the Gansu province of China, these beautifully formed landscapes astonish visitors with the burst of colors. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

Formed from red-colored sandstones and conglomerates, Danxia landform is a unique example of petrographic geomorphology. The name actually refers to various different landscapes in southeast and southwest China, that formed due to special nature’s conditions, such as water flow fissures, erosion, oxidization and tectonic plate movements. The formation process of Zhangye geopark took over 24 million years, dating back to the Cretaceous age.