崆山白云洞

Kongshan Baiyun Cave - Kong Mountain Baiyun Cave


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Location: 327 Sheng Dao, Lincheng County, Xingtai, Hebei.
(37.456301, 114.431302)
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Classification: SpeleologyKarst cave
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System LightColoured Light
Dimension: T=17 °C.
Guided tours: L=2,300 m, V=170,000/a [2000]
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Bibliography: Chongyang Li, Yuzhu Liao, Yuting Wan, Shaohua Wang, Luyao Gao (2018). Study on the Protection of Karst Landscapes in Baiyun Cave of Kongshan Mountain, Hebei Province. Advances in Geosciences. 08. 68-79. 10.12677/AG.2018.81008. pdf
Address: Kongshan Baiyun Cave, Lincheng County, Xingtai, Hebei, Tel: +86-319-709-8688.
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History

18-JUL-1988 discovered by local farmers when they were quarrying.
1989 begin of develeopment.
01-JUL-1990 opened to the public.
1990 listed as a provincial scenic spot by the people's Government of Hebei Province.
01-OCT-2007 Lincheng National Geopark Museum opened to the public.
2015 declared national AAAA scenic spot, National Forest Park and National Geopark.

Description

崆山白云洞 (Kongshan Baiyun Dong, Kong Mountain White Cloud Cave) is a typical Chinese concatenation. The cave is actually named 白云洞 (Baiyun Dong, White Cloud Cave) and it is located at 崆山 (Kongshan, Kong Mountain). As such generic names are quite popular there are numerous White Cloud Caves, and to keep them apart the location is concatenated to the name. So this is the White Cloud Cave at Kong Mountain.

The cave was discovered on 18-JUL-1988 by the local farmers Chen Yongqing, Gui Aiguo, Gui Aijun, Chen Zhien and Zhang Zhanjun. On this day they went to Kongshan, the former site of the cement plant, to dig stones. While they were digging the rocks collapsed and an opening formed. They gathered flashlights, candles, ropes, chalk, and other things from their homes. This was quite clever, they used chalk to mark their route to prevent getting lost. They explored the cave for ten hours and it was clear that this was one of the biggest caves of the north. Soon the newspapers reported about the discovery.

At the end of the 1980s China developed many sites for domestic tourism. People wanted to travel and many tourist sites where finally a great financial success. As a result the local government was pleased by the discovery, and it took only two years until the cave was developed as a show cave. Soon other sites in the area were developed, and it was declared a National GeoPark. In 2007 the Lincheng National GeoPark Museum, which was built in front of the cave, was opened to the public. It is open for free, a good place to park the grandparents with the little ones during the cave tour.