Langshan Mountain is one of China's National Geological Park famous for its unique Danxia landform. It is located in Xinning county,about 500 kilometers away from Changsha, capital of Hunan province. In the south Langshan Mountain is connected with Guilin, in the north it echoes Zhangjiajie.
Covering an area of 108 square kilometres, Langshan Mountain has rich natural scenery and abundant tourism resources. There are more than 60 scenic spots in Langshan Mountain. Among which the most famous are Tianyi Lane, Chili Peak, Zixia Cave,Fuyi River, Innate Bridge, Bajiao Stronghold,Emperor Xun Forest Park and Xicun Ancient Dwelling.
Experts from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) will start reviewing danxia landform Sunday in southwest China's Guizhou Province which is applying to be included in the World Natural Heritage in 2010.
Danxia, which means "rosy cloud", is a special landform formed from reddish sandstone that has been eroded over time into a series of mountains surrounded by curvaceous cliffs and many unusual rock formations.
Bajiao Stronghold 八角寨
The Bajiao Stonghold is called the soul of Langshan mountain. It is famous for its fantastic and mysterious scenery. The best time to visit Baojiao Stronghold is when there is light mist. The mist braces the peaks below, it seems the whales paddling in the ocean. Also the mist rises slowly from below and kiss you, it seems you are in fairyland and forget you are a human being.
The highest peak of Bajiao Stonghold is more than 818 metres high. It erects directly without any peaks around. The strangest is that there is a clean spring on top of this peak! You must wonder at nature's masterpieces!
Chilli Peak 辣椒峰
Chilli Peak Scenic Spot includes Chilli Peak, Camel Peak, Candle Peak, Yixiantian, Lianjigzai and more. But the most famous are Chilli Peak, Camel Peak and Candle Peak.
The Chilli peak is the most marvelous peak in Langshan Mountain. It is 180 metres in height, the top is big and the bottom is small. Its shape is exactly like a mature Chilli soaring amoung hills. In year 2002, the spiderman Alain Robert successfully challenged the Chilli Peak.
Camel Peak 骆驼峰
Camel peak is located in Shitian village. It consits of four stone summits. Each stone represents camel's head, body, ridge and tail respectively. Seeing far away, it is like a huge camel galloping in the wild field. On the side of camel peak there stands Candle Peak. It was said the candle lights the way for the camel during the night.
Candle Peak 蜡烛峰
Candle peak measures 199 meters high, and with about 400 meters in circumference. Its name comes from its shape which resembles a red huge candle with a cone-shaped top and a cylindrical body. Under the incision of vertical joints, the stratum was deformed into a polygon-like block, and then the block was changed into a typical Daxia stone pillar due to water erosion, tectonic uplift, gravitational dilapidation and spheroidal weathering.
Zixia Cave 紫霞峒
Zixia Cave is actually not a really cave, but a canyon sourrounded by high red cliffs. There is one entrance to enter the canyon.It was said that the Zixia Cave is a mysterioius allure.
When the sunset shines on the red cliffs, it reflects thousands of rosy cloud. The the whole canyon is full of purple rays and mystery. Hence the name of Zixia Cave(Rosy Cloud Cave).
After entering Zixia Cave you can hear brook murmuring, bird singing happily and see splashing waterfalls, green bamboo and blooming wild flowers. It was said that the True Man(Immortal Man) of Zixia cultivated Tao here.
The famous scenic spots in Zixia Cave includes Zixia Palace, Stone of Elephant Nose, Zixia Cliff, etc.
Fuyi River 夫夷江
Origingated from Cat mountain in Guangxi province, the Fuyi River gets through the whole Langshan Scenic Area. It is the mother river of Xinning county.
The water of Fuyi River is so clean that you can see fish and sand under it. The two sides are green bamboo and steep crags. The sand in the beach is pure and white. It is excellent river for drifting and rafting. Each summer it draws millions of people to drift along the river.
Innate Bridge 天生桥
The Innate Bridge is called the first bridge in the asia. The bridge is 64 metres long, 14 metres wide and 20 metres high. Its magnificent arc shape like a rainbow over the sky.
Tianyi Lane 天一巷
The original name of Tianyi Lane scenic spot is Ox Nose Castle. Because there is a lot of Ox nose shaped stone holes in the crag, hence the name of Ox Nose Castle. But the innate stone lane is the main feature of this scenic spot. It represents the classic characteristics of Danxia landform. So in year 2004, changed name to Tianyi Lane.
Tianyi Lane is marvellous lane in the world. Only the God has power to make such a lane. The lane is 238.8 metres in length, and stone in two sides is more than 120 metres in height. The widest of lane is just 0.8 metres.
When you walk along the lane you must shudder because everywhere is dark and the chilliness is coming upon you. But when there is sunshine gleaming on the stone wall, the marvellous and colorful ray panorama can be seen above. You have to marvel at nature's masterpiece.
Address:Xinning County of Shaoyang City, Hunan Province
Admission: CNY 50
There are long-distance buses to Shimen County in Changsha Western Station, which starts at 8:50,9:20, 10:30, 12:50 ,14:20,15:00 15:30,20:00 or 22:20. There are trains going to Shimen county at the Changsha Railway Station.The detailed information is listed in the table below.
In Shimen Western Station, the Buses driving to Jiangping and Nanping can bring you to Huping Mountain.
Hotel:Donghan Hotel is opened to foreigners.
Detailed information are followed:
Best time to go:
From April to October. An average annual temperature is 62.6F.