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China Danxia

China Danxia

China Danxia refers to various landscapes of a unique type of petrographic geomorphology found in China. Danxia landform are formed from red-colored sandstones and conglomerates of largely Cretaceous age.

The Danxia landform is named after Mount Danxia, one of the most famous examples of the Danxia landform.

The other inscribed areas are:

- Mountain Langshan and Mountain Wanfoshan (Hunan Province)

- Taining and Guanzhishan (Fujian Province)

- Mountain Longhushan and Guifeng (Jiangxi Province)

- Fangyan and Mountain Jianglangshan (Zhejiang Province).

Map of China Danxia


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Community Reviews

Frederik Dawson Netherlands - 02-Sep-11 -

China Danxia by Frederik Dawson

This place currently maybe one of the least informative world heritage site in China, but after long internet searching, it is a great surprised to discover that visiting Danxiashan National Park, part of China Danxia, is very easy from Guangzhou, or even Hong Kong, and I am really happy to visit this beautiful place in one of the least visited place in the region. Danxia is a name of red sandstone landform in southern China, has many similarities with Monumental Valley and Canyonlands National Park in Utah, USA, but in the lush tropical forest of Southeast Asia environs creating unique landscape of red rock which in my opinion this place is the red version of classic Chinese mountain.

By the infamous Chinese 310 Km/h high speed train from Guangzhou, I was in Shaoguan for less than 50 minutes (normal train will take 2-4 hours!). From the new train station, I took a bus to the old train station in the city center for 2 RMB, and then took another bus to Danxiashan which depart frequently for 16 RMB. After an hour with many beautiful views of Danxia landscape along the road, the bus dropped me at a casino, part of tourist complex in front of the gate of the national park, a truly typical Chinese tourist facilities. I walked through the sleepy complex; clearly Danxiashan was not a popular tourist destination (yet), to the office ticket. The entrance fee was 100 RMB for weekday and 120 RMB for weekend, quite cheap compared to other famous national park in China and the ticket was a hard plastic card, a good souvenir.

Inside the park was well organized with many tourist buses that took me to every points of interest. My first chosen place to visit was the famed and one of the landmarks of the park, Yangyuan Stone or male stone, the large red phallus stone, actually Danxiashan also has Yingyuan Stone or women stone, because of these two bizarre rocks, locals decided to have museum on sex culture in the tourist complex to attract more tourists (thanks god! the museum is outside WHS zone). From the male stone, the bus took me to another gate which required fingerprint scan from every visitor! Then I went to another landmark of the park, the Zhanglao Peak or Elder Peak where I took cable car to the top of the peak.

On the peak, there is a beautiful forest with many lovely springs, pavilion, monasteries and hiking trails for tourists to discover, at first I planned to hike down the peak to Biechuan Buddhist Monastery, but after I visited Shaoyin Pavillion for an unbelievable beautiful view of Danxiashan, I had to give up my plan, hiking in August summer heat and high humidity was a real disaster and I was soaked with my sweat, and took the easy option of cable car. Then I took a river cruise on Jinjiang River, the view along the river was very breathtaking and high recommended. Then I took a bus back to the park entrance and walked back to casino for a bus to Shaoguan before took a high speed train back to Guangzhou.

From my experience Danxiashan National Park is a nice place to visit and very easy to be there; the park scenic is truly lovely, from the tourist brochure I notices that my visited area is just a small part of the park, there are still many nice spots to see as well as many activities for tourist including bamboo rafting. But do not visit Danxiashan in summer like me, this area is really hot and uncomfortably humid, also there is almost no English information available, knowing some Chinese or Cantonese will be a great help. All in all Danxiashan is another good World Heritage Site that China offered.

Gordon China - 16-Feb-11

red-colored sandstones are seen everywhere in the Mount Danxia. create a very unique and beautiful landscape. the Mount Danxia is located in the North of Guangdong province

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Site Info

Full name: China Danxia

Unesco ID: 1335

Inscribed: 2010

Type: Natural

Criteria: 7   8  

Link: By Name By ID

Site History

  • 2010 - Inscribed 


The site has 9 locations.

  • China Danxia: Chishui - East Section
  • China Danxia: Chishui - West Section
  • China Danxia: Chishui - West Section
  • China Danxia: Danxiashan
  • China Danxia: Langshan
  • China Danxia: Longhushan: Guifeng Section
  • China Danxia: Longhushan: Longhushan Section
  • China Danxia: Taining - North Section
  • China Danxia: Taining -South Section


The site has 10 connections.


  • Tombs: Longhushan, part of Danxia has the famous cliff hanging tombs of Yue Family
  • Cable cars: Cable cars at Danxiashan NP, part of China Danxia


Human Activity

  • Tea: Danxia Baimao Tea

Religion and Belief

  • Taoism: Xianjuyan Taoist Temple is located on the foot of Zhanglao Peak, the main peak of Danxiashan NP


  • Oligocene: About 23 ma ago, movement of the Himalayan range, disturbed the land around Guandong, China creating much uplift and completely changing the topography of the area. (Wiki)

WHS Hotspots

  • Jiangxi Hotspot: (Longhushan): 30 mins fast train to Yingtan, then take K2 bus from Yingtan Railway to Longhushan in under an hour
  • Guangzhou hotspot: Danxiashan - Guangzhou to Shaoguan is 1h by fast train and 2.5 hours if ordinary train. Take a bus from railway station to scenic area for 1h.

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