ShaoguanShaoguan (韶关; Sháoguān) is a small city in Guangdong Province in China. It is famous for its surrounding nature and the hot springs, and for being home to a large number of people from the Yao ethnic minority.
Trains serve Shaoguan from many other cities in Guangdong (Dongguan, Foshan, Guangzhou, Maoming, Qingyuan, Shenzhen, Zhanjiang, Zhaoqing) and from other cities in China, as far afield as Beijing.
A train ride from Guangzhou on the slow train takes more than two hours and should cost ¥39 on the hard seater.
The bullet train from Guangzhou takes about 50 minutes to an hour and 15 minutes and costs between ¥70-105 depending on speed for a second class seat.
Shaoguan's two main train stations are (韶关站) and (韶关东站). High-speed trains serve Shaoguan Station; slow trains serve Shaoguan East Station, which is more centrally located and slightly closer to Danxiashan.
Shaoguan Station is way to the southwest of the city center, not close to much of anything. There is a little village next to it, though, with a handful of hole-in-the-wall restaurants and cheap guesthouses—exit the station and turn right to find them.
By planeWhen you get off from Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, the intercity bus is convenient. The price of a ticket is about ¥100. Please note that you check the bus with certificate. When get off the bus, you can travel around by yourself with the map, that is so fun.
Tourist guides will occasionally offer their services to newly arrived travellers. Prices are subject to negotiation.
phone: +86 751-6501014address: Qujiang District (曲江区)The former temple of Huineng (the sixth patriarch of Zen Buddhism) and the location of his mummified remains. As such, the temple is an important pilgrimage site for practitioners of Zen Buddhism.
phone: +86 751-6291683address: Renhua County (仁化县)Canyon-like valleys and striking red and brown mountains.
Nanling National Forest ParkLocated in Ruyuan Yao Nationality Autonomous County, 8 kilometers from the bridge exit of Beijing-Zhuhai Expressway. The park covers area of 27300 hectares. It is the core zone of Nanling Mountain, the only preserved virgin forest in Guangdong and the oasis with the largest area in the areas with the same latitude in the world. The park has developed scenic spots including No.1 Peak in Guangdong (Shikengkong with altitude of 1902 meters), Water Loving Valley, Waterfall Groups and Small Yellow Mountain.
Guangdong Grand CanyonThe Grand Canyon is located in Guangdong Ruyuan Yao Autonomous Dabu Town, from the Beijing-Zhuhai Expressway in Ruyuan export 70kilometers. Canyon of up to 15 kilometers, more than 300 meters deep, belong to quartz sandstone. The original site of the Grand Canyon is a ravine in small basin, due to the Yanshan movement effects, makes the crust with block uplift of the expansion, and make partial massif rifting subsidence of the formation of rift valley. Be aware that the place is not really taken care of and that despite the various maps you will see here and there, you will only be able to access a very small part of the canyon, the rest being closed and under guard. The site is not really worth the trip unless you want to see a 100m high but very narrow waterfall.
phone: +86 751 8172290address: 90 Gongye West Road, Wujiang District (武江区工业西路90号)
Kuàicān Miànshíaddress: 赤水村Not really a restaurant so much as a couple of tables by the side of the street, but in any case it's the closest place to get a decent bite to eat outside Shaoguan Station, the high-speed rail station. A mom-and-pop noodle shop with a small convenience store next door. It doesn't even seem to have a name—the sign (in Chinese only of course) just says something like "short-order pasta".
Hot Spring Hotelphone: +86 751 8186068address: 1 Huanyuan West Street (环园西路1号; Huányuánxīlù)
Shaoguan Pengyue Guesthousephone: +86 158 1650 3474address: 西联镇赤水新村46座4号No-frills mom-and-pop budget establishment near the high-speed rail station. Clean, good wifi, squat toilets.