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Shaoguan is regarded as the north gate of Guangdong Province where Guangdong marches with Hunan and Jiangxi Provinces.It is a vital pass to the coastal area of South China. The city of Shaoguan is the political, economic and cultural center and a transport hub in North Guangdong.

Facts of Shaoguan

Chinese Name: 韶关 (sháo guān)

Population: 3,293,200
Area: 18,385 square kilometers
Nationalities: Han


History of Shaoguan 

Shaoguan area belonged to Chu Kingdom in the Warring States Period (476BC-221BC). The place was named with 'Shao' since the Sui Dynasty (581-618), and in Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties it gained the name 'Shaoguan' for the government established passes here to collect taxes.


Geography of Shaoguan

Shaoguan CityLying in the south part of the Nanling Mountains, this region has vast area of karst landform. Hilly area constitutes the main land of the city. The Danxia Landform is nominated for the red sandstone in the Mt. Danxia of Renhua County. The terrain is higher in the north and lower in the south.

Administrative Division: 3 districts (Zhenjiang, Wujiang, Qujiang); 4 counties (Shixing, Renhua, Wengyuan, Xinfeng); 1 autonomous county (Ruyuan Yao Autonomous County); 2 county-level cities (Lechang, Nanxiong)


What to see in Shaoguan?

Shaoguan is Guangdong’s most important natural eco-tourism resort and has rich and diversified natural landscapes

and cultural resources. It is building the four tourist resorts of “Greater Danxia Mountain, Greater Nanhua Temple

Greater Nanling and Greater Zhuji Lane” and the world Guoshanyao native place and creating the industrial park of 

Buddhist culture tourism, outdoor sport, ecological landforms and residential folklore & leisure.

Danxia MountainDanxia Mountain Scenic Area contains more than 680 various stone peaks, stone fortresses, walls, pillars and stone bridges. The stones have been formed over the eons by nature, many of which take the shape of the human body, birds and even animals. The numerous stones and peaks are rhythmically interspersed among the scenic spot, making it a sculpture garden of red sandstone rocks. Set against the blue sky, white clouds, jade waters, green trees and the colorful algae, the mountain becomes a picturesque painting.

The enchanting mountain has a rich variety of plants due to the moderate subtropical climate and the yearly monsoons that provide plenty of rainfall. There are twenty-eight ancient trees over one hundred years old, with fourteen of them having survived for more than three centuries. These ancient Danxia Phoenix Trees are native to this area and are the most distinguished species of the mountain.


How to get there?

Visitors can get on trains making stops in Shaoguan to Guangzhou, Kowloon for about three and four hours. Road transportation of the city is also convenient. Two main bus stations existed in the city, the west bus station and the east bus station. Several buses to Guangzhou, Zhuhai and Shenzhen will depart in the stations. In addition, there are regular buses in the east bus station departing to the Danxia Mountain every 15 minutes.


When to visit Shaoguan?

Enjoying a subtropical humid monsoon climate, Shaoguan is affected by the seasonal winds all the year round. Spring is overcast and rainy, while precipitation in autumn is fewer. March to August is the rainy season and September to February the next year is the dry season.
When to Go: Shaoguan has abundant rainfall and moderate weather, so visitors can get there at anytime, especially in spring and autumn.


Travel Tips

Useful Telephone Numbers:
Tourist Complaints: 0751-8916131
Weather Forecast: 121
Zip Code Inquiries: 184
Bank of China: 0751-8888338

Local Highlights: Folk costumes of the Yao ethnic minority is interesting, especially the marriage customs.

Special Local Products: Lechang Baimaojian (raw white tea), mushroom, plum

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