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You might have visited karst caves in Guilin or in Halong Bay, but you might not have seen such a large cluster of karst caves combining rivers, waterfalls, gorges, forests, and ethnic minority cultures. Jiuxiang Scenic Area is such an attraction.
Known as the "museum of karst caves", Jiuxiang boasts more than 100 karst caves and is the largest cave group system in China. The cave formations are very varied and the rivers, waterfalls, and natural rock bridges are very enchanting.
Jiuxiang comprises five scenic areas, among which only Diehong Bridge is fully developed and now open to the public.
Terrifying Gorge (Jīnghún Xiá 惊魂峡) is believed to be the most magnificent underground canyon in China with a length of about 700 meters and a depth of nearly 100 meters. It got its name in honor of the pioneers who tried to open up this tourist pathway with extreme care so as not to fall into the abyss.
Green Shady Valley (Yìncuì Xiá 荫翠峡) stretches for about 1 kilometer, flanked with verdant trees. You can take a boat ride through the valley and hear the voices echoing off the cliffs. It has another name of 'Love Valley' because it was a place for young men and women to sing songs in order to find lovers.
There were thousands of bats living in Bat Cave (Biānfú Dòng 蝙蝠洞), hence the name. It is impressive due to its stalactites. It looks like an upside-down stone forest.
A dragon-shaped underground river passes through the cave, so it is called Lying Dragon Cave (Wòlóng Dòng 卧龙洞). In the cave, two waterfalls cascade down from the rock at a length of 30 meters and meet in a deep pool at a depth of 10 meters.
They look like two loyal lovers jumping from the cliff hand in hand to die for love, hence they were named the 'Female and Male Flying Waterfalls' (Cíxióng Fēi Pù 雌雄飞瀑).
Male Lion Hall (Xióngshī Tīng 雄狮厅), an oval underground hall, got its name due to the lion-like stalactite at the entrance. It covers 15,000 square meters but hasn’t got any pillars in the hall. It is reputed as being the largest underground hall in the world.
Jiuxiang presents different landscapes in different seasons. It is suitable for travel all year round but summer is the best season, when you can take a boat through the valley and enjoy pleasant weather.
It is recommended that you don't go during peak Chinese holiday periods, such as Labor Day (May 1st to 7th) and National Day (October 1st to 7th); otherwise you will experience a "people river".
Jiuxiang Scenic Area boasts more than 100 caves. It is advisable to travel with a professional guide who will select the most magnificent spots for you and explain their history. Contact us to create a tour including Jiuxiang.
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