Longmen village, Gaotian, south of Yangshuo.
8 km from Yangshuo, between Moon Hill and the Yulong River.
All year daily 9-17:30.
|Classification:||Karst cave River Cave|
|Light:||bring torch/helmet and torch provided|
Normal tour: D=1.5 h.
Cave Trekking tour: D=3 h.
|Address:||Moon Water Cave, Tel: +86-, Fax: +86-,|
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|1997||opened to the public.|
月亮水岩 (Moon Water Cave) seems to have some trouble with its name. Actually there are hundreds of Water Caves, Longmen Water Cave is not much better, as the dragon is very popular in China. We chose the name Moon Water Cave, which is also a common name of this site. We guess it fits, because of nearby Moon Hill. The dragon in the alternative name is a result of a small stalagmite which is called Maitreya.
This cave system runs beneath three neighbouring karst towers. It is located at the level of the groundwater, and a silent and calm, only 50 cm deep caver river flows through the cave. There are two different tours offered. The regular tour includes a boat ride and takes about one and a half hours. During the trip it is possible to swim in the refreshing water of the cave and to take a shower under the waterfall at the end. The cave trekking tour takes three hours and includes also swimming, but additionally crawling and stooping and a bath in the soft cave mud. There are ropes and ladders, and visitors have to take lamps with them.
It seems this cave is even on the regular tour a little rough. They warn that there have been injuries during only 10 years of guided tours. The main problem are obviously slippery paths. Visitors are advised to bring a swimsuit and a towel, many visit the cave in the swimsuit and flip-flops. Helmets and lamps are provided. The cave is operated by the owner, a local farmer. He also does all the development himself, with limited knowledge and limited funds. Nevertheless, the cave is well known and quite popular among tourists because of the unique mud bath and hot springs.
The mud bath area is a chamber, 180 meters in length and 150 meters in width, with over knee smooth mud. Visitors go in bathing suits and spend up to 30 minutes in the mud. Afterwards the 15 m high waterfall at the entrance of the cave is used as a natural show. Be aware that both the mud pool and the cave river have cave temperature, which is rather cool.
The underground hot spring is definitely more comfortable. Again the bath is restricted to 30 minutes.
The third sections is called the waterless paradise and is more or less a regular cave tour through the fossil parts of the cave system. This tour takes about 50 minutes. Helmet with headlamp, good walking shoes, and an additional light source are much recommended. The trails are just paths through the cave sediment, and there is no electric light.
During World War II this cave was used by the locals as a hideout from the invading Japanese army. The cave is maze like with many narrow and sometimes dangerous passages. So the locals thought it would protect them if the Japanese ever entered the maze.