Friday, February 1, 2013


Reed Flute Cave (Lu Di Yan), five kilometres northwest of the downtown of Guilin, China, is a limestone cave over 180 million years old. The cave is about 240 metres long and it is filled with stalactites, stalagmites and rock formations enhanced by multicoloured lighting. Inside the cave are more than 70 inscriptions written in ink, which date as far back as 792CE (Common Era), in the Tang Dynasty (618-907CE).

The formations within the cave are given names like Pines in the Snow, Mushroom Hill, Dragon Pagoda, Sky-Scraping Twin, Virgin Forests, Red Curtain, Crystal Palace, Dragon Pagoda, Virgin Forest, Flower and Fruit Mountain. One grotto, called the Crystal Palace of the Dragon King, served as an air-raid shelter during World War II. The cave contains a large slab of white rock hanging from a ledge, with a human-shaped stalactite on the opposite side.

The name of the cave comes from a type of reed which grows outside, which can be made into flutes.


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