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China’s top 7 Danxia landforms

By Discover China

May 5

The Danxia landform refers to unique types of rock formations found in southeast, southwest and northwest China that “consist of a red bed characterized by steep cliffs.”

The Danxia landform refers to unique types of rock formations found in southeast, southwest and northwest China that “consist of a red bed characterized by steep cliffs.”

The Danxia landform refers to unique types of rock formations found in southeast, southwest and northwest China that “consist of a red bed characterized by steep cliffs.” The following are the “Top Seven Most Beautiful Danxia Landforms in China” as ranked by China National Geography Magazine.

1/7 Chishui Danxi Landform, Guizhou  贵州赤水丹霞

Chishui Danxia Landform [Image Credit: Xinhua Chongqing]
Chishui Danxia Landform [Image Credit: Xinhua Chongqing]
The Chishui Danxia was built up from  uplifts of tectonic plates under the Himalayas (喜马拉雅山脉) during the Cenozoic period and the humid Asian Monsoon.  The colorful landform demonstrates the richness of the Danxia landform.

Best time to visit: all year

Entry: 100-125 yuan/person

2/7 Zhangye Danxia Landform, Gansu  甘肃张掖

Zhangye Danxia Landform [Image Credit: Xinhua Gansu]
Zhangye Danxia Landform [Image Credit: Xinhua Gansu]
Zhangye Danxia, located in the middle of the Hexi Corridor in Gansu Province, offers wide and magnificent scenery with uniquely shaped rock formations tinted with bright colors. It is located in the most typical arid region of China and is the largest Danxia landscape area.

Best time to visit: June – Sept.

Entry: 40 yuan/person

3/7 Langshan Mountain, Hunan  湖南崀山

Langshan Mountain [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/ Liu Guoxing]
Langshan Mountain [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/ Liu Guoxing]
Langshan Mountain is a rare topographic feature in world geography. The huge, dark red rocks are considered an excellent example of the main stage of geo-evolutionary history and present a marvelous sight.

Best time to visit: all year

Entry: 130-180 yuan/person

4/7 Mount Longhu, Jiangxi  江西龙虎山

Mount Longhu [Image Credit: CFP/ Zhang Bin]
Mount Longhu [Image Credit: CFP/ Zhang Bin]
Mount Longhu is famous for being one of the birthplaces of Taoism, as many Taoist temples were originally built upon the mountainside. It also carries great cultural significance as it is a historical burial site of the Guyue people, who placed their dead in hanging coffins on the mountain cliffs.

Best time to visit: June – Sept.

Entry: 260 yuan/person

5/7 The Golden Lake, Fujian  福建大金湖

The Golden Lake [Image Credit: Xinhua]
The Golden Lake [Image Credit: Xinhua]
The 60 kilometer-long, man-made Golden Lake is surrounded by mountains and verdant forest. Stone bamboo shoots stand tall with springs flowing through them. There are more than 1,000 historic sites at this unique scenic spot.

Best time to visit: all year around

Entry: 80 yuan/person

6/7 Wuyi Mountains, Fujian  福建武夷山

Wuyi Mountains [Image Credit: China.org.cn]
Wuyi Mountains [Image Credit: China.org.cn]
The Wuyi Mountains are a mountain range located in the prefecture of Nanping, in northern Fujian province. The mountains were listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dubbed a “Natural Arboretum,” Wuyi Mountain is noted for its large number of ancient plant species and wild animals, many of which are found only in China.

Best time to visit: May – Oct.

Entry: 140 yuan (one-day entrance); 150 yuan (two-day entrance); 160 yuan (three-day entrance)

7/7 Mount Danxia, Guangdong  广东丹霞山

Mount Danxia [Image Credit: China.org.cn]
Mount Danxia [Image Credit: China.org.cn]
Mount Danxia, located in the northern part of Guangdong province, was formed from a reddish sandstone that has eroded over time f a mountain range surrounded by curvaceous cliffs and unusual rock formations.

Best time to visit: April – Oct.

Entry: 120 yuan/person

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