CNCN Travel Web - Handy Encyclopedia of Tourism

CNCN Travel > Guangxi Travel > yiling-cave

Yiling Cave  

The Yiling Cave, also called "Gan Palace" in Zhuang language which means a place as beautiful as a palace, has its name for its location in the Yiling village. As a national AAA level scenic spot, the Yiliang Cave is a karst cave formed a million years ago as it is estimated by geologist, which looks like a whelk. With so many beautifully shaped stone flowers, pillars, curtains, stalagmite and stalactite, visitors may find different sights at each step. Created with prodigious skill, sights in the cave are ever-changing scenery of rare beauty.

It is said that during Kaixi and Jiading periods of Southern Song dynasty(1205-1224), there was a monk called Zhou Shiqing who build a Buddhist convent here and cultivated himself into a fairy. Thus Yiling Cave also called the Fairy-Watching Cave by the later generation who also built the Jianxian Temple on the mountain top. Located in the Liangman Mountain, the cave was a section of underground which became a cave because of the movement of the earth shell. After ten million years' dissolution, different kinds of stalactites, stalagmites, stelaes are formed in thousands of postures in the cave to create wonderful, amazing and mysterious views. Like a whelk, it is 45 meters in depth and has an area of 24000sq.m, divided into three levels, winding and changing all the time.

Visitors can fully get the knowledge of the culture, history and folkway of Zhuang minority in the cultural corridor of Zhuang built in this scenic spot.