Longmen Water Cave
Longmen Water Cave was a recently opened sight, in Longmen village, 3 km from Moon Hill. It is the largest and one of the most exciting natural caves to explore in Yangshuo. Running through 3 mountains, the cave is about 3km long. The water 0.5m deep flows gently through.
Used as refuge by the local villagers from the invading Japanese army during WW II , the cave draws its name from a tiny stalagmite resembling the Maitreya, located a short distance inside the cave. It's easy to see why the locals thought the cave secure from the Japanese and why portions are still off-limits to visitors. The cave is full of narrow, maze-like, and sometimes dangerous passages. Be warned, even in the areas open to the public there have been injuries during the cave's 10 years as a tourist attraction. A guide and a flashlight are necessary, and it is necessary to crawl through muddy holes, climb up and down stalagmites, and sidle in between stalactites with the aid of ropes and ladders. The cave is the most extensive, unaltered subterranean micro cosmos in the area. Complete with stalactite “drums” and an underground waterfall pool you can bathe and swim. Bring your swimsuit and towel.
Bring swimming suits and bathtowels if you want to take mudbath.
I updated this article on October 21, 2012
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