|Location:||Lufeng Mountain, Xingye County, Yulin City, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. North of Ningguo|
All year daily 8:30-18.
Adults CNY 50.
|Light:||Incandescent Electric Light System|
Zhaorong Wang, Daoxian Yuan, Yushi Lin, Meiliang Zhang, Jie Zhou, Weiguo Liu (2001):
High-resolution dating of stalagmites and reconstruction of paleo-environments,
Chinese Journal of Geochemistry, Volume 20, Number 3, 282-288, DOI: 10.1007/BF03166150
|Address:||Longquan Cave, Tel: +86-, Fax: +86-,|
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Long Quan Yan (Longquan Cave) is located at the foot of Lufeng Mountain. According to legend the cave was created during the Qing Dynasty (qing cháo). In this time a couple dug the cave and then became immortals in the shape of dragons. They decided to live inside the cave and were petrified, today they can be seen in the shape of speleothems.
Longquan Cave has two different levels, the lower levels which is a river cave, and the fossil upper levels with a series of five huge chambers. The river cave is almost devoid of speleothems. The passage is filled with clastic sediments, mostly sand an gravel, which is transported by the river. The river has water all year, so the cave entrance was valued as an ever flowing spring. At the end the trail leads upwards to the dry level.
The dry levels is impressive because of the five really huge chambers. They contain a wide variety of speleothems, stalactites at the ceiling, candle like stalagmites along the lower parts and forests of palm trunk stalakmites in the center. One chamber is called Acclivitous Hall due to its continually ascending floor. The next is called Hemicycle Hall because of its ground plan. Finally 52 steps lead up to the highlight of the tour, the Dragon King's Palace (lóng gong).
Lufeng Mountain is a karst tower, the erosional remains of the mostly destroyed limestone surrounded by valleys.