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Source: Global Times [17:01 September 14 2010]Comments

Danxia Mountain, Guangdong

What to see: the stone pillar "Yangyuan" (male stone) appears dreamy and beautiful in moonlight

Danxiashan (Danxia Mountain) is a famous scenic area near Shaoguan in the northern part of Guangdong Province. The Danxia Mountain is formed by reddish sandstone which has been eroded over time into a series of mountains surrounded by curvaceous cliffs and many unusual rock formations (Danxia Landform). It is described in local signage as a "world famous UNESCO geopark of China". There are a number of temples located throughout 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.

There are two particularly famous formations: the stone pillar called "Yangyuan" ("male/father stone") that bears a remarkable resemblance to a phallus, and the Yinyuan hole, which (especially to people who visited the Yangyuan pillar before) somewhat resembles labia.

Admission fee: 100 yuan (ordinary days); 120 yuan (on holidays)

Cable car: 60 yuan (round trip); 40 yuan (single trip) (ordinary days);

70 yuan (round trip); 45 yuan (single trip) (on holidays)

Transportation: take a minibus from Shaohua Hotel in Shaoguan to Renhua. The bus ticket is 10 yuan and the journey takes over one hour. The bus stops at the entrance of Danxia Mountain Scenic Area.

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