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Wonders in Mount Danxia

 2013-11-23    Ada    Sights    Shaoguan    2203  

Mount Danxia is a noted scenic area near Shaoguan city in the northern part of Guangdong, People's Republic of China. In the 2010 UNESCO list of world heritage sites, Mount Danxia was recorded as a natural World Heritage Site as part of China's Danxia landform. The Danxia mountain is formed from a reddish sandstone which has been eroded over time into a series of mountains surrounded by curvaceous cliffs and many unusual rock formations (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.

The most interesting part is, however, Danxia Mountain has some unique stones, such as Yang Yuan Stone, yin Yuan Stone, Breasts stone, Sleeping Beauty and other attractions, make Danxia Mountain "natural sex culture museum". They also serve as the main attractions to tourists. You can see the rocks at a closer distance with a boat trip.

Mount Danxia, situated beside the Jin River some 50 kilometers northeast of the city of Shaoguan, covers an area of more than 280 square kilometers (28,000 hectares, or 69,190 acres). Mount Danxia consists primarily of red sandstone that has been built up over the aeons via stratification, with the alternating colors of the stratified layers clearly visible on exposed cliff faces, reflecting varying degrees of oxidization. The main part of Mount Danxia presents a large, centered, circular block surrounded by pillars, suggestive of a mosque ringed by minarets. On a good-weather day with blue skies sprinkled with puffy white clouds, the juxtaposition of huge red sandstone surfaces, the colors of the sky, the jade green surface of the Jin River and the bright green color of the foliage suggests a representational canvas painted by Mother Nature herself.

There are a number of tree types on Mount Danxia, mostly broadleaf varieties, the most common of which is the Danxia Phoenix Tree that comes in 10 varieties, 4 of which are very rare. Another rare tree on Mount Danxia is the Danxia Parasol, which, since its discovery and botanical identification on Mount Danxia, has only been observed in a very few other places on earth. Mount Danxia produces tea too. The mountain's own Baimao Tea is renowned as one of China's three top teas. Its name refers to the soft white downy hair that covers the Baimao tea leaf. Baimao Tea has a sweet, mellow taste with a delicate fragrance and a faintly yellow, pleasing color. It has been awarded a Chinese gold medal for its excellent taste, fragrance and appearance.
In addition, the banks of the nearby Jin River are always worth a stroll, while on the river itself, the visitor can indulge in swimming and boating.

For the fun-loving, hardy type, the nearby Wu River offers white-water rafting on the Nine Torrents and Eighteen Shoals stretch of the river. It is a nice and memorable experience to visit Mount Danxia.

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