万象洞

Wanxiang Dong - Wànxiàng dòng - Vientiane Cave


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Location: Yangpang Village, Hanwang Town, Wudu District, Longnan City, Gansu Province. 10km from Longnan.
(33.328534, 105.006661)
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Classification: SpeleologyKarst cave
Light: electric
Dimension: L=5,000m, A=1,150m asl.
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Address: Wanxiang Dong, Wudu District, Longnan, Gansu, Tel: +86-939-852-8414.
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History

1993 approved by the Gansu Provincial People's Government as the provincial key cultural relics protection unit.
1999 approved as a provincial scenic spot.
2000 approved as a national AA-level scenic spot.
2004 approved by the Ministry of Propaganda of the Provincial Party Committee as a patriotic education base in the whole province.
2005 approved as a provincial geological park by Gansu Provincial Land and Resources Department.
09-JUN-2007 new cave discovered.
AUG-2007 approved as a national AAAA tourist attraction.
JAN-2017 Vientiane Cave Tourist Reception Center unveiled.

Description

Wanxiang Dong is located at the hillside 190m above Bailongjiang River. There are actually two parallel passages, Wanxiang Dong has a length of 5km, the nearby cave on the east is 600m long. This second cave was discovered in 2007. The show cave is in the first section of the main cave. It covers five chambers with - typical for Chinese caves - esoteric names. The first is called Moon Palace with a respectable Speleothemcurtain of 10m length and 2.8m width. The second chamber named Dragon Palace with the wind tunnel, a small opening 1m height and 1.7m width. As far as we understood, visitors must crawl through this hole to reach the next chamber named Heavenly Palace. Here is an abundance of stalactites and stalagmites of all forms.

The tour also includes a short trip into the New Cave. The first 100m of the cave passage were developed with trails and electric light.

According to a local saying Vientiane Cave is as big as the whole mountain. A group of tourists(?) once brought luggage and dry food, traveled 5 kilometers, traveled through caves to the Dumu Bridge. There you can hear the sound of chickens and dogs in Wenxian County (on the other side of the mountain).

We are not sure how old this legend is, but it could be either 4000 years old or just a decade. International caving expeditions frequent China, and as long as there is no noteworthy local caving scene the locals are completely stunned by the foreigners crawling into their caves. Such legends come up now and then.