Guilin with its numerous natural attractions is considered one the treasures of China and the Reed Flute Cave is one of its gems. The Reed Flute Cave features different kinds of rock formation and is a truly beautiful scene not to be missed.
Reed Flute Cave or by its Chinese name Lu Di Yan, holds the most important cave for the whole of Guilin with its different rock formation shapes, stalactites, stalagmites are drawn for about 262.5 yards (240 meters). If you want to use your imagination for different objects, Reed Flute Cave would be the perfect place for this.
The name of the cave has no relation with what is inside of it but it comes from another origin. Outside of the cave, you can find reed grass which the locals use to make pipes and flute to play music, hence the name became Reed Flute Cave.
Reed Flute Cave is not just any cave and is among Guilin top attractions and you would definitely appreciate the beauties hidden inside it.
Formation of The Reed Flute Cave
Based on some geological researches, The Reed Flute Cave is the result of geological occurrences which happened 600,000 years ago when it was just an underground lake. As a result of enhancement of mountains and Earth’s decline of water level, the lake overtime turned into this cave which led to giving calcium carbonate in the rock a very long time to dissolute and crystalize.
After a long period of deposit accumulations, finally, the cave was discovered by man and was used as a secret and magical place.
History of Men in The Reed Flute Cave
You can see more than 70 ink descriptions in the cave. Based on archeological researches, they date back to the Tang Dynasty (618-907) which shows the cave occupation by men since olden times. This discovery also brought much fame for the cave and made it a noticeable destination for tourists.
The main entrance of the cave was heavily covered by reed which made it a perfect hiding place during wartimes in more recent times. Local people used to seek refuge in Reed Flute Cave during World War II (1393-1945) and Sino-Japanese Wars (1894-1895, 1937-1945, Japan’s invasions of China).
Reed Flute Cave is a solid and natural refuge and that’s why even some newspaper, hospitals and printing companies settled there for more safety.
Based on some records, the cave had tourists even during the Tang Dynasty but it was officially opened to the public in 1962 and since then millions of tourists have enjoyed the oddly shaped rocks hidden inside the cave.
What is waiting for you inside The Reed Flute Cave?
Reed Flute Cave is rated as one of Guilin’s top tourist sites and impresses every visitor who set foot inside. When you enter the cave, you will encounter a large park with zigzag paths, ponds, bridges, pavilions, plants and garden structures that will bring you a feeling of typical Chinese scenery.
If you want to visit the cave, you will need to spare at least one hour to feast your eyes by multicolor lighted speleothems and let your imagination run wild and try to relate different figures to each shape. Viewing the cave with bright colors illuminating each rock formation is a completely different experience that is not very common in other countries and is a rather unique experience.
The Reed Flute Cave is known as an astonishing underground palace or “Nature’s Art Palace”. If you even have just a pinch of imagination you have the opportunity to discover many stalactites, stalagmites, stone pillars, stone flowers and much more as something else based on your creativity.
Chinese have a habit of giving poetic names and you can find these names inside The Reed Flute Cave too such as, The Crystal Palace, Virgin Forest, Dragon Pagoda Flower, Fruit Mountain and etc. Some spots have other names that their translations could be considered a bit odd based on cultural differences such as, “A Bumper Harvest of Melons”, “Fish Tail Peak”, “Red Silk Mosquito Net” or “Listening to Flute Music from a Secluded Place”.
If you go to the Crystal Palace or Flower and Fruit Mountain spots, you can get professional souvenir photos (with special equipment and illumination) for just a few RMB. Some reed flutes and pieces of stone are the typical souvenirs you can obtain to remember your visit to one of a memorable Guilin’s main attractions.