Mount Danxia

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Danxia Range
Danxia 0754.jpg
View of some rocky outcrops of the range
Highest point
Coordinates25°01′55″N 113°44′46″E / 25.0319°N 113.7461°E / 25.0319; 113.7461Coordinates: 25°01′55″N 113°44′46″E / 25.0319°N 113.7461°E / 25.0319; 113.7461
Danxia Range is located in China
Danxia Range
Danxia Range
Location in China
LocationGuangdong, China
Parent rangeYuecheng Ridge, Nan Mountains
Official nameChina Danxia
Criteriavii, viii
Designated2010 (34th session)
Reference no.1335
State PartyChina

Mount Danxia (Chinese: 丹霞山; pinyin: Dānxiá Shān) is a noted scenic mountainous area near Shaoguan city in the northern part of Guangdong, People's Republic of China.

It is described on the local signage as a "world famous UNESCO geopark of China".


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.

Rock formations[edit]

Among other attractions that make the Danxia range interesting, the area has the following characteristic stone formations:

  • Yang Yuan Stone, (Yangyuan "male/father stone") bearing a remarkable resemblance to a phallus
  • Yin Yuan Stone or Yinyuan hole, which somewhat resembles the female vulva.
  • Breasts Stone, human breast-shaped rocky outcrops on a cliff hanging 30 m above the ground.[1]
  • Sleeping Beauty, a rocky range resembling a sleeping maiden.[2]

World Heritage Site[edit]

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.[3]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Guangdong - Danxia Mountain Pictures Archived 2013-05-20 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Danxia Range - Sleeping Maiden Archived 2015-02-21 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "China Danxia". UNESCO. August 1, 2010. Retrieved March 3, 2011.

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