Saturday, 29 June 2013

A Rock Like A Penis In China

By Jonny Blair

China is a marvellous country to travel in and it's great to get off the beaten track so it was time to head to the north of the Guangdong Province on a special trip. There's a location known as Penis Rock - it's basically a rock in the shape of a man's willy that you can hike up past and admire! Yes it really looks like a big dick! []

What is Penis Rock? (in Chinese "Yang Yuan Stone")

It's a rock shaped like a penis. A willy, a dick, a cock, a nob, a member, a wee man. Whatever name you want to call your manhood. Apparently it's natural. But it seems too natural to be true really. Even the curvature at the tip of this willy is similar to a real one.

Accessibility is easy if you're Chinese - if you're not, then get ready for a tiring adventure to find Penis Rock. Luckily with my girlfriend being fluent in both Chinese languages, it was easy for us to get to Penis Rock.

Head firstly to the city called Shaoguan which is in the northern part of China's Guangdong Province. High speed train connects Shaoguan with the rest of China - an option is coming in through Shenzhen. You'll then need a bus from the city of Shaoguan out to the Danxia mountains.

In Danxiashan we stayed in the village of Yao Tang - a river separates Yao Tang from the small market village of Jin Jiang. From Jin Jiang, a 30 minute walk witll take you to the first viewing platform for Penis Rock. We stayed in a hotel in the centre of Yao Tang.

You need an entrance ticket. They are valid for 48 hours and cost 120 Yuan (RMB). We were there at the weekend, apparently tickets are cheaper at 100 Yuan (RMB) during the week. You have to buy them at the ticket office just before you cross into the National Park.

You'll need to get a map of Danxiashan and it will be entirely in Chinese so do your best to work it all out and ask at the hotel if you need to. Most of the signposts inside the national park are in English though which is a real bonus.

Head to the top of the Pavilion for sunset. The view is just stunning and well worth the trip. You can get your comedy photos of penis rock done on the way up. It's a high climb up so take some water!

What Is It? A rock shaped like a penis

Why Go? It's an unusual rock, a marvellous sunset, exceptional hike, cheap beers, great views.

Cost per day - Easily under $10 US Dollars

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