Administrative Division: 3 districts (Zhenjiang, Wujiang, Qujiang);
4 counties (Shixing, Renhua, Wengyuan, Xinfeng); 1 autonomous
county (Ruyuan Yao Autonomous County); 2 county-level cities
Useful Telephone Numbers:
Tourist Complaints: 0751-8916131
Weather Forecast: 121
Zip Code Inquiries: 184
Bank of China: 0751-8888338
Location: Shaoguan is regarded as the north gate of Guangdong
Province, neighboring Hunan in the north and Guangzhou in the
south. It is a vital pass to the coastal area of South China.
History: 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.
Physical Features: Lying in the south part of the Nanling
Mountains, Shaoguan 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.
Climatic Features: Enjoying a subtropical humid monsoon climate,
the city 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.
Local Highlights: Folk costumes of the Yao ethnic minority is
interesting, especially the marriage customs.
Special Local Products: Lechang Baimaojian (raw white tea),
Danxia Mountain: The mountain boasts of the largest scenic area and
the most beautiful scenery of Guangdong. It is also a world famous
geopark. The Danxia Landform is nominated for this mountain. It
contains nearly 700 pieces of large red glutenite and many grotto
Nan Hua Temple: 22 kilometers (14 miles) from the Shaoguan
downtown, the Nan Hua Temple is a famous Buddhist site, where the
sixth founder of the Buddhism generation in Tang Dynasty (618-907),
Hui Neng, established the southern sect of Zen. With a history of
1,500 years, the temple keeps many national treasures, including
the Da Zang Sutra, decree and cassock of thousand years ago.
Tourist Tips: Visitors can get on trains making stops in Shaoshan
to Guangzhou, Kowloon for about three and four hours. Road
transportation of the city is also convenient. Shaoguan has two
main bus stations, 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 Mt. Danxia every 15 minutes.