Reed Flute Cave
Reed Flute Cave (芦笛岩, Ludi Yan /loo-dee yen/) is a fascinating gallery of natural sculptures (limestone cave formations), now enhanced by multicolored lighting, which has been one of Guilin's many interesting attractions for over 1,200 years. It rates asone of the top four tourist sites in the city. The cave got its namefrom a type of reed growing outside, which can be made into melodious flutes.
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.
- Location:In the northwest suburbs of Guilin city (only about 4 km from its downtown), the entrance is situated on Reed Flute Road on the south side of Guangming ('Light Bright') Hill.
- Opening hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
- Bus routes: 3, 13, and 58
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