Zhangye National Wetland Park located to the north of Zhangye city and east of Black River, with an area of 41 sq km. It enjoys the fame as the most unique wetland park of inland China.
Zhangye city lies in the middle of Hexi Corridor, it's a basin with flat terrain ,facing Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau and Qilian Mountain Range to the south, Mongol Plateau and Longshou, Heli Mountain to the north. The second largest inland river – Black River flow through the city with a length of 345km in the area. There are many lakes and wetlands spread along the river which formed the most precious resources of Hexi corridor.
Zhangye National Wetland Park located on the alluvial fan plain of the Qilian Mountains in the middle reaches of the Black River and the ancient river courses. It consists of rivers, herbaceous swamps, wet meadows, artificial lakes, ponds and ditches. It’s home to over 195 species of Plants and 116 species of wild animals. It’s also an important stop for one of the three bird migration routes in western China and a transit point for the East Asia-India.
Zhangye National Wetland Park is the only wetland park in Gansu Province. The development of eco-tourism in China has led to concerns that such an increase in human activity is likely to damage the ecological environment hence, the Eco Park seeks to practice the most rigorous standards to ensure that the area's pristine condition is not adversely affected by the increase in tourist numbers.
As part of the local government's efforts to maintain the regions' pristine natural condition a museum, the Zhangye Wetland Museum, has been built on land adjoining the wetland park. The museum features several hands-on and interactive displays. Set up in various sections of the museum are displays showing the ancient history of the region and its importance to the Silk Road route as well as providing environmental awareness and educational display. These displays include the natural habitat of the wetlands and focus on the flora and fauna of the Geo Park's permanent inhabitants and those that use the park as a stop on their migration routes. There are several large video displays including a 4D theater.