China's most characteristic deserts reveal history of the Earth
By Zhang Hao

Danxia, Yardang and Karst landforms are the three most common terrains in China. They are the result of different types of erosion, combined with geological structure and climate change. These landforms decorate the earth with a unique landscape that any other area pales in comparison. In this 7-part photo series, we will take a peek at places in China that well represent the characteristics of the mentioned landforms. 

Yardang landform

The unique wind-eroded landform of Yardang in China's Gansu Province. /VCG Photo

The unique wind-eroded landform of Yardang in China's Gansu Province. /VCG Photo

Dunhuang Yardang National Geopark in Gansu Province. /VCG Photo

Dunhuang Yardang National Geopark in Gansu Province. /VCG Photo

The Yardang landform is very common in northwestern China. /VCG Photo

The Yardang landform is very common in northwestern China. /VCG Photo

A huge wind-eroded rock in the Dunhuang Yardang National Geopark. /VCG Photo

A huge wind-eroded rock in the Dunhuang Yardang National Geopark. /VCG Photo

Dunhuang Yardang National Geopark. /VCG Photo

Dunhuang Yardang National Geopark. /VCG Photo

Dunhuang Yardang National Geopark. /VCG Photo

Dunhuang Yardang National Geopark. /VCG Photo

Dunhuang Yardang National Geopark. /VCG Photo

Dunhuang Yardang National Geopark. /VCG Photo

Yardang landform is a typical artwork of wind erosion. It features ancient castle-like structure with many ridges and grooves and is common in northwest China. Dunhuang Yardang National Geopark is located in China's Gansu Province. The area contains 77 huge rock formations in sculpted shapes that give an honest representation of Yardang landform.

(Cover image via VCG.)