My Favorite Place
The mountains and water of Guilin are the finest under heaven, but they are still inferior to Danxia in Guangdong. I could not believe this until I saw with my own eyes the beauty of this mountain. At sunset, its views are spectacular and utterly compelling.
Danxia Mountain 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 precipitous cliffs and many unusual rock formations.
At the entrance of the mountain, the Jinjiang River flows gently by and the reflections of the beautiful peaks in the crystalline river water seem even more beautiful than the scenery of Guilin, resembling landscape paintings rich in poetic and artistic conception.
The mountain has luxuriant growths of trees, and bushes grow out of crevices on the cliffs and along the stone steps leading to the summit, adding a green vigor to the scenery. As I climbed to the summit along the dark-red stone steps cut into precipitous peaks, all I could hear was my own footsteps and the chirping of the birds. Inscriptions on the projecting cliffs by poets from the past centuries, and the rustling of leaves in the breeze gave me a strong feeling of the timeless quality of this historic site.
It was getting dark when I reached the Watching Sunrise Pavilion at the summit. As I looked around, the contours of the layerd red sandstone forests were still visible. To the west, in the distance, stood the isolated Sister Peaks, where the red sandstone rocks glitter through the mist and clouds at sunset. To the right of the Sister Peaks is the new vista of the Yunulanjiang (Jade Fairy Blocking the River) within the Yangyuan Mountain Scenic Area. The Jade Fairy lying along the Jinjiang River seems to constrain the river. Her slender body, long flowing hair, and reflections of mountain ridges in the gently flowing...