|Location:||Xiayinshui Village, 60 km from Beijing.|
All year daily 8-17.
Cave: Adults CNY 43.
Underground boat trip: Adults CNY 20.
|Classification:||Karst cave river cave Ordovician limestone.|
|Light:||Incandescent Electric Light System|
|Dimension:||L=5,000 m, T=14 °C, A=220 m asl.|
|Guided tours:||L=3,000 m, boat trip: L=1,000 m, D=90 min.|
|Address:||Yinhudong, Xia Ying Shui Village, Fo Zi Zhuang Town, Fangshan District, Beijing, Beijing 102616, Tel: +86-8037-7936.|
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|MAY-1992||explored and surveyed.|
|1999||opened to the public.|
This cave was discovered inside a coal mine. The artificial tunnel hits the cave right in the middle. Two branches start here, the eastern branch has been developed for tourists. The western branch is a river cave and only accessible to speleologists.
Yinhudong translates Silver Fox Cave, after a famous stalagmite with extremely white calcite crystals, which is called the Silver Fox. It is an extraordinary speleothem, as a normal stalactite is covered by thins white needles of aragonite which reseble a white fur.
The wealth of this cave are definitely numerous speleothems. But there is also another highlight: visitors may take an underground boat trip on the subterranean river. Of course, the ride costs extra. The vistor gets a sort of underground roller coaster kind of experience, with a steel boat in a narrow passage. The boat is pushed by the guide who pulls on a heavy steel cable anchored to the ceiling with a great deal of enthusiasm. The ride is once interrupted by a dam, and visitors have to transfer to another boat at a lower level.
The tour ends in a rather big chamber, which was the place where the cave was discovered ten years ago during coal mining activities. The 40 m long chamber, 20 m wide and 15 m high is heavily decorated. There are helictites on the ceiling and walls.