Located about 5km northwest of the city center, Reed Flute Cave is famed for the odd-shaped Karst formations and is reputed as an “Art Palace of Nature”. Its name comes from the reed growing near the entrance of the cave, with which people make flutes.
The Reed Flute Cave, regarded as the largest and most impressive cave in Guilin, is 250 meters in depth, and the U-shaped sightseeing route is about 500 meters long. The cave embraces a large number of stalactites, stalagmites and columns, many of which are formed into intriguing shapes, such as bamboo shoots, curtains, pillars, flowers, birds and animals.
The formations were created over thousands of years by dripping water. A very small amount of calcium carbonate located in the water adheres to the stone with each drop, which gradually become a stalactite at the top. When the drop hits the ground of the cave it also leaves a small calcium carbonate deposit, which will eventually become a stalagmite. These formations sometimes meet and become a column. They grow on average of one millimeter per year. The formations can be quite astounding and the ones found in Reed Flute Cave are particularly beautiful. Illuminated by the colored lights, the cave looks like a dazzling underground palace.
Since its opening to the public, Reed Flute Cave has attracted hundreds of state and party leaders, presidents or political celebrities from other countries to visit it. So the cave is known as the “State Guests Cave” and is the must of Chinese trips of state heads of various countries.
A park is built for the cave with zigzag path, elegant pavilions, ponds, bridges, and plants. The visit to the Reed Flute Cave will not let you down.
- The cave floor is paved on many places but is very wet and very muddy. Try to avoid sandals, sneakers are fine.
- Even in summer it is still very cool in the caves. If you are someone who gets cold easily you can bring along a light sweater or jacket.
ADD: No. 1 Reed Flute Road(Ludi Road), Xiufeng District, Guilin, China.
Opening Hours: December to March: 08:00 to 17:30; April to November: 7:30-18:00
Transport: It can be reached by bus No. 3 and 58.