Reed Flute Cave

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The Reed Flute Cave is a landmark and tourist attraction in Guilin, Guangxi, China. It is a natural limestone cave with multicolored lighting and has been one of Guilin’s most interesting attractions for over 1200 years.

It is over 180 million years old. The cave got its name from the type of reed growing outside, which can be made into melodious flutes. Reed Flute Cave is filled with a large number of stalactites, stalagmites and rock formations in weird and wonderful shapes. Inside, there are more than 70 inscriptions written in ink, which can be dated back as far as 792 AD in the Tang Dynasty.

These aged inscriptions tell us that it has been an attraction in Guilin since ancient times. It was rediscovered in the 1940s by a group of refugees fleeing the Japanese troops. Nowadays, multicolored lightning artificially illuminates the cave.

Highlights of Reed Flute Cave

Limestone formations:The cave is filled with a large number of stalactites, stalagmites, and rock formations in weird and wonderful shapes. Illuminated by the colored lights, the cave looks like a dazzling underground palace. That’s why the cave is also known as ‘Nature’s Art Palace’. The most liked formations are Rose Dawn over Lion Peaks and Crystal Palace.

Historic inscriptions:Inside the cave there are more than 70 inscriptions written in ink, which can be dated back as far as 792 AD in the Tang Dynasty (618–907). These aged inscriptions tell us that it has been an attraction in Guilin since ancient times. Millions of tourists have visited Reed Flute Cave since its official opening as a tourist attraction in 1962.

Reed Flute Cave Tours

The cave is about 240 meters long and a tour lasts about one hour. Along the U-shaped route, visitors will have ample time see the oddly-shaped rocks and stone pillars while the guide narrates interesting stories about them.

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Reference:
Wikipedia: Reed Flute Cave
China Highlights: Reed Flute Cave

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