MOUNT DANXIA: “WORLD FAMOUS UNESCO GEOPARK OF CHINA”

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MOUNT DANXIA: “WORLD FAMOUS UNESCO GEOPARK OF CHINA”

It is a bit confusing as whether or not we are in the right mountains that we intend to be.  The original plan though is Guangzhou, China and we have to make the most of our trip and so a side trip to nearby provinces is in order.

By mere luck, we were able to come across unusual rock formations worthy of visit.  We were led to the northern part of Guangdong province, in a mountainous area near Shaoguan city, called Mount Danxia.  But this is not the Danxia Mountain we expected as we were anticipating to be at the Rainbow Mountain.  Though different from what we expected, still it was worth the day trek.

Local signage describe the area as the “world famous UNESCO Geopark of China”.



HOW TO GET THERE

Take the Subway Line 2 and get off at Guangzhou South Railway Station.  From the station, take the railway to Shaoguan Station.  The travel time is approximately an hour.

MOUNT DANXIA: “WORLD FAMOUS UNESCO GEOPARK OF CHINA”


MOUNT DANXIA: “WORLD FAMOUS UNESCO GEOPARK OF CHINA”

MOUNT DANXIA: “WORLD FAMOUS UNESCO GEOPARK OF CHINA”

From the Shaoguan station, tourists are given the choice of either: local car or taxi to the mountain for a travel time of approximately half an hour.  We opted for the chartered taxi direct to our accommodations.

MOUNT DANXIA: “WORLD FAMOUS UNESCO GEOPARK OF CHINA”

MOUNT DANXIA: “WORLD FAMOUS UNESCO GEOPARK OF CHINA”

A walking distance from our accommodation is the entrance to the Danxia Mountains where shuttle bus are available.

UNIQUE ROCK FORMATIONS

Danxia Mountain, also called China Red Stone Park, is located at Shaoguan City.  It covers an area of 290 square kilometers, which is one of the most famous mountains and regarded as the most beautiful scenery in the Guangdong Province.


MOUNT DANXIA: “WORLD FAMOUS UNESCO GEOPARK OF CHINA”


We decided to have the stroll as part of a morning exercise, when tourists are still limited and the heat is still bearable for a hike.  Our transient abode while in Shaoguan City is just a few walks away to the shuttle bus station that will take tourists to varied pit stops showcasing more than 680 various stone peaks, stone fortresses, walls, pillars and stone bridges.





The Danxia is formed from reddish sandstone which has been eroded over time.  Prominent stone structures take the shape of the human body, birds and even animals.  It was truly a long walk to be able to visit all these structures and for some areas, cable cars are being offered.  Thus, we only selected a few that piqued our interests.





The scenic walk and day trek was worth the encounter with the fear of heights and the trembling knees due to exhaustion.  I would not forget one part which appears like a stairway to heaven, it was very steep with no handrails.  I have to keep reminding myself every minute that I should never look down, and just focus on the path I am taking.





There is also a river winding through the mountains, where boat trips are being offered but we opted to just stroll and observe from the bridge the setting of the sun for the day.  It was our last stop for discovering this UNESCO Geopark.

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