I didn't enjoy this geopark as much as I had the others which I visited in China. It took me about 45 mins by bullet train from Guangzhou to Shaoguan, another 1 hour by taxi from Shaoguan to Danxiashan. The park is scattered with many kinds of rocks, the main attraction for many is this:
Queer, isn't it?
However, as a geopark, the site is too scattered and not that well maintained. Signs are not clear and trails are not well marked. In addition, some of the sights are quite disappointing. There are certainly rooms for improvement.
One main reason why I didn't enjoy it as much as I had is probably due to my arrival time. Noon is really bad for photography as well as for climbing the mountain. This geopark is best appreciated in the morning. (I didn't stay for the night as I was a little short of time since I wanted to see Guangzhou Opera House in the night.) Luckily for me, the weather last weekend was great so I can't quite complain. What I do feel is that since this geopark is a little out of the way and not as famous as the many other more awesome sites in China, it has been neglected by most except for those who are residing in Guangdong province. However, with the bullet trains traversing so frequently between Shaoguan (a train every 30 min) and Guangzhou, it's foreseeable that many from other parts of China will eventually end up here. Hence, it pays for the authority concerned to keep it well maintained.
Entrance fee: RMB 100.
Bullet train (one way): RMB 110.
Taxi from Shaoguan train station (which is way off the city center) to Danxiashan Geopark (one way): RMB 150. No bus or mini bus from bullet train station to the geopark.
Time spent inside the park: 4 hours.
I was told most people spend about 1/2 day here, that's all.
Hence, not very dynamic as far as a geopark is concerned.
If you plan on taking the boat ride, be ready to spend more time here. That's one of the best way to appreciate this park, I was told. In addition, sunrise is supposed to be great here.
And when the light is right, this is what you'll see:
Is it worth visiting for a foreigner? As far as I'm concerned, there are many more breathtaking national parks in China to visit (as in Huangshan, Zhangjiajie, Guilin, Xianggelila, etc..). If you're not living in China, skip this one. Spend your time wisely.