Danxia Mountain (China’s Red Stone Park), Shaoguan
(韶关市丹霞山风景区 sháo guān shì dān xiá shān fēng jǐng qū)
Danxia Mountain is located in the northeastern suburb of Shaoguan city, Guangdong province, covering a total area of 292 square kilometers. It is an outstanding example of a low-altitude mountain scenic spot in China. The mountain was opened to tourists in 1980, and selected by UNESCO as one of the first Global Geoparks in 2004.
The Danxia mountain is formed by reddish sandstone that has eroded over time, forming a range of mountains surrounded by curvaceous cliffs and unusual rock formations (Danxia Landforms). There are a number of temples located along the mountain range and visitors can enjoy many scenic walks in the area. There is also a river that winds through the mountains and boat trips are available.
Danxia Mountain also has a few unique stones named the Yangyuan Stone, Yinyuan Stone, the Breasts Stone, Sleeping Beauty and other attractions, which make Danxia Mountain a “natural sex culture museum”. Particularly notable are two formations: a stone pillar called the Yangyuan ("male/father stone") that bears a remarkable resemblance to a phallus and the Yinyuan hole, which somewhat resembles the female labia.
In the 2010 UNESCO list of world heritage sites, Danxia Mountain was listed as a natural World Heritage Site as part of China's Danxia Landforms.
Scenic Spot level: AAAAA
Ideal sightseeing season: Spring and Summer
Opening Hours: All day
Ticket: 200 yuan ($29.1)
Address: Renhua County, Shaoguang, Guangdong Province
1. Wear comfortable clothes when climbing the mountain.
2. Buy travel insurance.