- "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.
Different from the majority of Natural Wonders, Zhangye Danxia does not grant any tile yield, but Great General and 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 Great General (if you are an early warmonger) or Great Merchant (especially the powerful Zhang Qian) without having to build the respective 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.
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.