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.
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?
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.
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.