Danxia Mountain (Dan Xia Shan)

Danxia Mountain is a world famous geopark, containing the largest, most beautiful scenic area in Guangdong. The mountain is situated in Renhua County, about 45 kilometers (28 miles) from Shaoguan City. The Danxia Landform of this mountain represents the typical formation of the over 1,200 Danxia Landforms found throughout the world. Covering an area of more than 280 square kilometers (69,190 acres), the mountain is composed primarily of red sandstone rocks.

The scenic area contains more than 680 various stone peaks, stone fortresses, walls, pillars and stone bridges. The stones have been formed over the eons by nature, many of which take the shape of the human body, birds and even animals. The numerous stones and peaks are rhythmically interspersed among the scenic spot, making it a sculpture garden of red sandstone rocks. Set against the blue sky, white clouds, jade waters, green trees and the colorful algae, the mountain becomes a picturesque painting.

The enchanting mountain has a rich variety of plants due to the moderate subtropical climate and the yearly monsoons that provide plenty of rainfall. There are twenty-eight ancient trees over one hundred years old, with fourteen of them having survived for more than three centuries. These ancient Danxia Phoenix Trees are native to this area and are the most distinguished species of the mountain. Of the ten varieties, four of them are extremely rare. One such variety of the Phoenix Trees has been named the 'Dharma Orchid'. It was discovered in 1987, and only two of them have existed in the world. When flowering season arrives, the sweet scent of the orchid tree lingers in the mountain and visitors swarm to its attraction.

The Danxia Mountain consists of many other wonderful scenic spots, including Zhanglao Peak, Yangyuan Hill, Xianglong Lake and Jin River. At the foot of Zhanglao Peak, there is a grotto temple that was built during the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127). The Biezhuan Temple, which lies in the middle of the Zhanglao Peak, is one of the ten most notable temples of Guangdong. Yangyuan Hill and Zhanglao Peak face each other across a river. The hill is renowned for the marvelous Yangyuan Stone, which looks like a male genital. The Xianglong Lake (Flying Dragon Lake) sits to the south of Zhanglao Peak, named so because the lake resembles a flying dragon. The Jin River features charming waterside scenery and wonderful aquatic programs, such as swimming, boating and yachting.

Countless cliff tombs and cliff coffins of times long ago were left by our ancestors who inhabited the mountain. In addition, the mountain has been a busy place for Buddhism activities since the Sui (581-618) and Tang Dynasties (618-907). In the Ming and Qing Dynasties, the mountain prospered and more than eighty temples were built. A great number of poems, carvings and inscriptions praising the bewitching scenery were left behind by writers, poets and painters throughout past dynasties.

Danxia Mountain CNY 100 (including Crouching Tiger Hillock and Danxia Mountain and valid for 2 days)
CNY 60 for Bazhai village.
CNY 90 for Jin River Cruise.
CNY 100 for bamboo raft drift.

Xianglong Lake pleasure boat: CNY 35 for a round trip, CNY 20 for a single trip.
Cable Car Round trip: CNY 60 during weekdays, CNY 70 during holidays.
Single trip: CNY 40 during weekdays, CNY 45 during holidays.
- Last modified on Nov. 19, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Danxia Mountain (Dan Xia Shan)
Asked by Marissa from CHINA | Nov. 17, 2018 05:38Reply
Access and opening hours of Shaoguan Danxia Mountain
what are the opening hours of the park and when do the buses from Shaoguan east start running and when is the last one back? Also how long is the journey?
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Answered by Olivia from AUSTRALIA | Nov. 19, 2018 00:04

The opening hours is from 08:00 to 18:00 in general.
The buses from East Railway Station to Danxia Mountain depart from 06:50 to 20:30 every day and the interval is about 15 minutes. The duration is about 1 hour and the ticket fare is about CNY 16 per person.
Asked by Greg from HONG KONG | Mar. 04, 2018 08:38Reply
Is the admission ticket for Danxia Mountain 48 hours or 2 calendar days?
If I buy a ticket to danxiashan late in the day, say Friday 5pm, does that mean that I am allowed to stay in the park from Friday 5pm to Sunday 5pm (48 hours), or from Friday 5pm to Saturday when the park closes (2 calendar days)?
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Answered by Lynn from FRANCE | Mar. 05, 2018 00:34

2 calendar days.
Asked by Greg from HONG KONG | Feb. 18, 2018 05:54Reply
Accommodation inside the Dianxia Mountain park
I read the park closes at 6pm, but I want to stay the night at one of the accommodations inside the park. Does that mean that I have to arrive before 6pm to get in, otherwise I will be stuck outside unable to get to the acommodation?
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Answered by Harvey from CANADA | Feb. 22, 2018 20:00

No worry! As long as you’ve got the ticket, you can enter the park at night!
Answered by Greg from HONG KONG | Mar. 03, 2018 18:23

Thanks. But if I arrive after 6pm, can I still get a ticket? Or how can I get the ticket ahead of time? I will be coming from Hong Kong.
Answered by Phill from ITALY | Mar. 04, 2018 19:56

You can get the ticket until 20:00!
Answered by Greg from HONG KONG | Mar. 11, 2018 19:18

I arrived around 18:30 by taxi and drove straight into the park to my accommodation in Yaotang village without buying any ticket. Then I bought the ticket in the morning and stayed 2 days - that worked very well.
Asked by Chaylenn from HONGKONG | Jan. 26, 2018 03:53Reply
from Hong kong to mt danxia
Hi!i am planning to go to mt danxia this CNY.i have no idea how to get there.i am from Hk.Is it possible to go there and be back in Hk for same day?how much will it costs for the roundtrip fares?thank you
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Answered by Brace from CANADA | Jan. 28, 2018 20:51

Yes, you can go for a day trip. Take the train to from Hung Hom to Guangzhou East first, which costs 210HKD and takes about 2h.
Then, take metro line 1 and transfer to line 2 at Gongyuanqian, get off at Guangzhou South Railway Station. It takes about 40mins and CNY6.
After arrival, take a bullet train to Shaoguan, it takes about 50mins and CNY104.5 for a second class seat, CNY164.5 for a first one.
At last, you can take a bus to the mountain with a fare of CNY20. The duration is about 90mins.
As for back, you can follow the same route.

Btw, the last train from Shaoguan to Guangzhou South leaves at 23:01, the last train from Guangzhou East to HK leaves at 21:32.
Answered by Anonymous from HONG KONG | Feb. 22, 2018 08:26

Um, Brace's reply suggests it's a minimum of 5 hours one way (and realistically, after factoring in time to figure things out, pick up train tickets from the station, etc, you are looking at more like 6 hours), so I would conclude the opposite: it's not possible as a day trip. After travelling 10-12 hours return, there would hardly be any time to see the park. Do yourself a favour and stay at least 1 night. Also, consider the alternative of crossing the border at Lok Ma Chau and taking the high speed rail directly from Futian (probably need to reserve ticket well in advance for popular times): it would be faster than taking the slow train to Guangzhou and having to connect to Guangzhou south. I still wouldn't do it as a day trip though.
Answered by Chaylenn from HK | Feb. 23, 2018 06:27

Thank you for a detailed info.
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