The city of Guilin, which lies in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in the south-east of China, has long enchanted travellers from all over the world. But one of the jewels in its glittering crown is the Reed Flute Cave, so called because the reeds that grow at its entrance used to be made into flutes. The cave lies in the Guangming Hill and invites you into a beautiful underworld of stalactites, stalagmites and wonderfully shaped rock formations – all of them illuminated by brightly coloured lights to create an aura of magic.
The cave oozes romance and history, not just because of the beguiling fairytales that are associated with each formation, but because of the 70 inscriptions that date back to the Tang Period (618-907). A visit to this 790-foot-deep hideaway is like a trip to another world. It will take you about an hour to walk through it, but the sense of serene escapism it engenders makes it feel like more than that. And the memories will last even longer.
Reed Flute Cave known as "the Palace of Natural Arts ” is located in the northwest of Guilin City , 5 kilometers away from the center of the city. It is a cave on the southern shoulder of the Guangming Hill (Bright Hill) and is one of the most extraordinary scenic spots in Guilin .
According to a legend, Reed Flute Cave got its name because people believed that the reed by the cave's mouth could be made into flutes. The length of the Reed Flute Cave is 240 meters and offers a majestic fairyland of karst caves with landscape and rural scenery. It is a magic fairyland of stalactites, stalagmites, stone pillars, stone curtains, birds, plants and animals in fantastic shapes and colors, all glistening in colorful lights. Some of them were given names such as Pines in the Snow, Mushroom Hill, Dragon Pagoda, Sky-Scraping Twin, Virgin Forests , Red Curtain, etc. These remarkable scenes in the cave can evoke breathless admiration from domestic and foreign visitors. The cave is highly praised as the ' Huge Art Palace of the Nature'. Tourists began to visit here in the Tang Dynasty. There are 77 stone inscriptions covering many years of history.
One grotto, which called the Crystal Palace of the Dragon King, can hold about 1000 people. During the war, the grotto served as an air-raid shelter. The highlight in this cave is a great slab of white rock hanging from a ledge like a cataract, with a human-shaped stalactite on the opposite side.
Reed Flute Cave,Situated in a completely concealed spot on Guangming Hill, 3.2 miles northwest of the town, Reed Flute Cave is Guilin's largest and most impressive cave. Its name is explained by the fact that reeds for making flutes and pipes have been grown in this region since ancient times. This dripstone cave is 790 feet deep, and a visitor will walk for some 550 yards through a zigzagging sea of stalactites and stalagmites in dazzling colors. Although the cave is also known as a Palace of Natural Art, manmade strategies use artificial lighting to emphasize the coincidental similarity of the rock formations to birds, plants, and animals. One grotto is called The Crystal Palace of the Dragon King--an area that resembles a miniature Guilin. Over 70 wall inscriptions from the Tang Period (618-907) bear eloquent witness to the cave's long history
The walkways in the Reed Flute cave are mostly made up of stairs. Surfaces could be wet and slippery.
The entrance and the exit of the cave are located differently. Tourists should follow the tour guide all time during the visit.
There are two car parks in the Reed Flute cave park. The front car park is beside the main entrance of the Reed Flute cave park. It takes around 10 to 15 minutes walking from this car park to the cave entrance. Another car park is smaller, located closer to the cave entrance beside the side entrance of the Reed Flute cave park.
Visitors are allowed to carry their own cameras into the cave.