DanXia – Part 1@ Sunset on YangYuan Peak

Galacy and I always want to go to climb a great mountain and see sunset or sun rise. Danxia mountain is just on the north of Guangdong, 2 hours railway travelling from Canton, is the best place nearby for us. We plan this trip two months ago, but always got delayed. Recently, a news said that Mount Danxia were inscribed as a World Heritage Site as part of the property China Danxia successfully. This news really “encourage” us to make DanXia plan out of paper. DSC04256

Mountain Danxia is a famous scenic area near Shaoguan city in the northern part of Guangdong, China. 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). It is described in local signage as a “world famous UNESCO geopark of China”. 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 to enjoy the scenery.
— Wikipedia.org

I am always wondering how this mountain range be name as “丹霞” such a beautiful name. After I saw a poster there I understood finally. Ancient Chinese loves to explore the natural, especially the scholars. They discovered that the could of rocks in Mountain Danxia have plenty of beautiful color. The red ones are almost the same color as Lilium concolor. And if you look from a wide angel, great mountain would make up a huge sea of colorful shinning cloud. So the ancient scholars described it as ” 色如渥丹,灿若明霞”. Then people name this mountain range as “丹霞” for the meaning as “Clouds of Lilium concolor”.

Our plan is to see the sunset at YangYuan Peak and sunrise at Elder Peak. After we arrived scenic area, we check in the hotel that we booked online and feed ourselves up. We didn’t start our trip quickly but go to bed until 4 o’clock because the local people in form us that at that time we can arrive the mountaintop of Yang peak as soon as the sun begin to set down.


YangYuan Peak is named for the famous rock, the YangYuan Rock, also called “Ancestral Rock” or directly “Male Stone”. Why? maybe you have found the reason as soon as I show up the picture 😆 Many people come here to see this strange rock and take photos. And lots of them believe that this rock has a strange power that it can decide the gender of the infant. So there is a special place for them to pray the “Male Stone” to have a male or female offspring. It is not a joke in China really. Even today there are still hundreds thousands of people come to burned sticks and pray.


OK, although YangYuan Rock is very “charming”, our main target today is to climb the YangYuan Peak where we will see our first sunset together. After we left the Male Stone, we began the hardest part of our journey. There are two track to go to the top of this peak and we decided to climb via the more difficult one. Maybe we believe that the more effort we did, the more beautiful sunset we saw.(Actually we don’t know anything about these tracks before climbing) 😎 After a few minutes “normal” mountain pass, the real big show came out! The path began to “stand up” from here and some place are totally leaning 90 degree. 😯 It feels that we were rock climbing, not mountaineering. Anyway, we are all young and “strong”, we won’t give up to any difficult mountain path. 👿

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It took us almost an hour to approach the highest place of the YangYuan Peak, from where we can have a great view. It’s very nice, isn’t it?

We have a rest there to restore our energy for the next step, the best place to see the sunset, the gorgeous sunset, the dramatic sunset ~ 😎
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The light of the setting sun was change very second. You can’t read their beauty totally by my several pieces of photos. But I hope to share it with all people. The setting sun inflames the sky, and glorified the scene, every things change and became miserable.

The most wonderful time faded so quickly. As the sun sank, it’s time to leave and search a great feast to feed us up. ~ Let’s begin go down to the feet of the hill.


With the gorgeous memory, this sunset never fade!

Aug 17th, 2010 | Posted in Tour
  1. galacy
    Aug 19th, 2010 at 22:58 | #1

    wow, it’s the most beautiful sunset i’ve ever seen…
    i had to admit that the photo is much gorgeous than the real sunset i saw that day…
    i can hardly believe that it was taken by you without any PS…
    OH… is it because you pray for the “male stone” ?! 😎

  2. Aug 29th, 2010 at 12:10 | #2


  3. Oct 22nd, 2010 at 09:56 | #3

    What blog platform are you using? I’ve been looking for a new one, and this seems much cleaner then wordpress.

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