Ludi Yan

Reed Flute Cave

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Location: 7 km northwest of Guilin, Province Guangxi. On the northwestern outskirts of Guilin, on the southern shoulder of the Guangming Hill (Bright Hill).
Classification: SpeleologyKarst cave
Dimension: VR=240 m.
Guided tours: L=500 m. V=920,000/a [2000]
Address: Red Flute Cave, Tel: +86-, Fax: +86-,
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Ludi Yan (Reed Flute Cave) was formed 600,000 years ago by a cave river. It is famous for its speleothems.

The name of the cave is derived from ludi cao (reed grass), which grows in front of the cave and is used to make flutes. The gras covered the entrance to the cave, so the people of the area used this cave for many centuries as a hideout in times of war.

The cave contains an overwhelming abundance of speleothems, lighted in a typical Chinese manner with coloured lights. The formation called Red Silk Mosquio Net is a huge drapery. A massive pillar consistng of a huge stalagmite and a rather small conic stalactite is called Fish Tail Peak because of its shape. The stalagmites are of the type SpeleothemPalm Trunk Stalagmite which are only formed in huge chambers as those of this cave. A beautiful detail are some SpeleothemRimstone Pools surrounded by a forrest of small stalactites in one corner of a huge chamber. They are called Mountain City or Pastoral Scenery. Rather funny are sometimes the English translation of poetic Chinese names on the English language tours. There is a formation called A Bumper Harvest of Melons and Vegetables and other speleothems are called Listening to Flute Music From a Secluded Place.

The cave system is vast and has served many purposes during history. During World War II it was used as air raid shelter. And today black tie dinners are held in the cave.