|Location:||Jiangkou Town, Wulong County, Chongqing|
|Dimension:||L=1,846.8m, VR=229m, T=16°C, A=433m asl. Biggest room: Ar=11,000m²|
|Guided tours:||L=2,000m, V=185,000/a|
Xuewen Zhu (1994):
The speleothems in Furong Cave,
Carsologia sinica, Vol.13 No.4 / Dec. 1994: 357-368 + 2 pag. with plates (2 tab., 4 figs., 23 colour. photos) (chinese; engl. summ.).
|Address:||Furong Dong, Tel: +86-, Fax: +86-,|
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|MAY-1993||first exploration by locals.|
|MAY-1994||opened to the public.|
Furong Dong (Lotus Cave) is named after nearby Furong river (Lotus river), a tributary of Wujiang river. It is located close to the village Jiangkou in in Wulong County in Chongqing. The cave was originally named Vapor Cave, because the huge entrance gives off steam in winter and cool air in summer, so it is wreathed in mist all year. The thundering sound from the cave opening is the reason for numerous creepy stories about the cave, and the locals were too fearful to enter it. When they first explored the cave in MAY-1993, they discovered a beautiful cave and decided to open it to the public. Only one year later in MAY-1994 they opened it to the public.
During the 19th and early 20th century it was common to develop caves without previous scientific exploration. Today western nations have rigorous rules for the protection of caves and the development of new caves requires intensive scientific research first. In China it is still the other way round. After the development and inauguration of this cave its existence became widely known, which resulted in first scientific explorations. An international team of cavers explored the cave and after five expeditions with a total of 108 days the cave is now surveyed.
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