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"With the sun shining brightly, then dusk’s mists falling, at every turn, the scenery changes like magic."
–Fan Zhongyan

Zhangye Danxia is a 3-tile impassable Natural Wonder in Civilization VI: Rise and Fall. Zhangye Danxia appears as a Mountain, and may be found within mountain ranges on Desert, Grassland, Plains, or Tundra tiles. Zhangye Danxia increases the Appeal of adjacent tiles by +2.

Each player who owns at least one tile of Zhangye Danxia receives 2 General6 Great General points and 2 Merchant6 Great Merchant points each turn. (Owning multiple tiles does not increase the bonus.)

In Civilization VI: Rise and Fall, discovering Zhangye Danxia grants +1 Era Score, or +3 Score if the player is the first to do so.


Different from the majority of Natural Wonders, Zhangye Danxia does not grant any tile yield, but General6 Great General and Merchant6 Great Merchant points. Hence this is not a Natural Wonder players should prioritize during the early game (Ancient and early Classical) in terms of helping you construct infrastructure but can help you earn a head start on important General6 Great General (if you are an early warmonger) or Merchant6 Great Merchant (especially the powerful Zhang Qian) without having to build the respective District (Civ6) Districts. However, if you plan on mass-building Encampments and Commercial Hubs (which you should not really go overboard and build Encampments everywhere), this Natural Wonder becomes rather redundant and insignificant, so don't go out of your way for it. Three extra Era Scores for settling nearby is nice, but it is definitely not worth settling in an indefensible spot, especially when the bonus cannot justify such action.

If you can't make a National Park out of your portion of Zhangye Danxia, it will still provides a good boost for a Holy Site or two.

Civilopedia entryEdit

The ragged sandstone mountains of Zhangye Danxia span over 120 square miles near the heart of modern China, in the foothills of the Qilian Mountains. Seemingly painted across its rugged landscape are bands of red, blue, green, and gold—a result of naturally occurring chemical reactions, erosion, and tectonic shifts between the Indian and Eurasian plates.

The colors of the “Rainbow Mountains” are so vibrant that photographs of the region can appear digitally filtered. The available light can further alter the coloration, making Zhangye Danxia a true wonder to behold at any time of day.


  • Zhangye Danxia is unique among natural wonders in Civilization VI in that it provides no adjacency bonus, nor does it provide any promotion to units.


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AlhambraAmundsen-Scott Research Station R&F-OnlyAngkor Wat1Apadana1Big BenBiosphère1Bolshoi TheatreBroadwayCasa de Contratación R&F-OnlyChichen ItzaColosseumColossusCristo RedentorEiffel TowerEstádio do MaracanãForbidden CityGolden Gate Bridge GS-OnlyGreat Bath GS-OnlyGreat LibraryGreat LighthouseGreat ZimbabweHagia SophiaHanging GardensHermitageHuey TeocalliJebel Barkal1Kilwa Kisiwani R&F-OnlyKotoku-in R&F-OnlyMachu Picchu GS-OnlyMahabodhi TempleMausoleum at Halicarnassus1Meenakshi Temple GS-OnlyMont St. MichelOracleOrszágház GS-OnlyOxford UniversityPanama Canal GS-OnlyPetraPotala PalacePyramidsRuhr ValleyStatue of Liberty R&F-OnlyStatue of Zeus1St. Basil's Cathedral R&F-OnlyStonehengeSydney Opera HouseTaj Mahal R&F-OnlyTemple of Artemis R&F-OnlyTerracotta ArmyUniversity of Sankore GS-OnlyVenetian Arsenal

Natural Wonders

Bermuda Triangle1Chocolate Hills GS-OnlyCliffs of DoverCrater LakeDead SeaDelicate Arch R&F-OnlyEye of the Sahara R&F-OnlyEyjafjallajökull1Fountain of Youth1Galápagos IslandsGiant's Causeway1Gobustan GS-OnlyGreat Barrier ReefHạ Long Bay1Ik-Kil GS-OnlyKakadu2Lake Retba R&F-OnlyLysefjord1Mato Tipila GS-OnlyMatterhorn R&F-OnlyMount EverestMount KilimanjaroMount Roraima R&F-OnlyMount Vesuvius GS-OnlyPaïtiti1Pamukkale GS-OnlyPantanalPinnacles2PiopiotahiSahara el Beyda GS-OnlyTorres del PaineTsingy de BemarahaUbsunur Hollow R&F-OnlyUluru1Vinland2YosemiteZhangye Danxia R&F-Only

1 Requires DLC2 Specific scenario games only

R&F-Only Added in the Rise and Fall expansion pack.
GS-Only Added in the Gathering Storm expansion pack.

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