Danxia Mountain in Shaoguan City

Danxia Mountain

Mount Danxia (Chinese: 丹霞山; pinyin: Dānxiá Shān) is a noted scenic mountainous area in Renhua County, in the northern part of Guangdong province. It is described on the local signage as a “world famous UNESCO geopark of China”.

Introduction of Danxia Mountain


The material basis of the danxia landform formed by the danxia world geopark is the red fluvial lacustrine conglomerate formed in the late cretaceous period about 70 to 90 million years ago. Danxia Mountain used to be a huge inland basin in between 140 million and 70 million years ago. Affected by the Himalayan orogeny, the surrounding mountains are strongly uplifted, and the basin receives a large amount of debris deposits, forming a thick red stratum. Later, the basin had occurred many times intermittent rise, and as erosion of water, the Danxia Basin’s red bed were cut in to a group of Redstone Hills, which is the beautiful Danxia Mountain today.

The Danxia area is formed from a reddish sandstone which has been eroded over time into a series of outcrops surrounded by spectacular cliffs and many unusual rock formations known as Danxia landform. There are a number of temples located on the mountains and many scenic walks can be undertaken. There is also a river winding through the mountains on which boat trips can be taken.

Main Scenic Area

  • Yangyuan Mountain Scenic Area
    There is a wonder view – Yangyuan Rock which is 28.5 m in height and 7 m in diameter, it just looks like the reproductive organ of the male. In China, male indicates to Yang and Yuanqi, Hence the name of the Scenic Area. The whole area is 6 square km, including scenic spots: Yangyuan Rock, Kunyuan Mountain, 7 Natural Bridges, 3 ancient villages and so on.
  • Xianglong Lake Scenic Area
    Located at the south valley of Danxia Mountian, it was named for its layout which just looks like a flying azure dragon. Beside the lake there are attractions such as Jiulong Peak, Xianju Rock, Wuyin Rock, Chenlong Pavilion, Qilong Pavilion and so on.
  • Jinjiang Scenic Area
    Jinjiang, like a jade belt, passes through the peaks of Mount Danxi from north to south. There are dozens of attractions along the river such as Wangjiang Pavilion, Xianshanqiong Pavillion, Carp Jumps over the Dragon Gate and so on.
  • Bazhai Scenic Area
    The Bazhai scenic spot is 10 kilometers southwest of Danxia Mountain, commonly known as Dashi Mountain. It is the core area of Danxia landform. Among the 27 mountain peaks with an altitude of 400 meters above sea level, Bazhai accounted for 20, and the highest peak was 619 meters above sea level. Beautiful natural scenery, steep mountains and magnificent waterfall making it the most typical, spectacular, quintessential and perfect representation of Danxia landform. Among other attractions that make the Danxia range interesting, the area has the following characteristic stone formations:

Special Stones

  • Danxia Mountain has a few unique stones such as the Yang Yuan Stone, Yin Yuan Stone, Breasts stone, Sleeping Beauty and other attractions which make Danxia Mountain a “natural sex culture museum.” Particularly noted 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.
  • Breasts Stone, human breast-shaped rocky outcrops on a cliff hanging 30 m above the ground.
  • Sleeping Beauty, a rocky range resembling a sleeping maiden.

How to Get There

  • Take the high-speed train to Shaoguan Station, and then transfer to the No. 22 Bus to Shaoguan East Railway Station. Take bus to Renhua from Shaoguan East Railway Station Square and gets off at the entrance of Danxia Mountain. 
  • Self-driving: navigate to Mount Danxia National Geopark 

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Edited by  Lynette Fu/付云锐