Reed Flute Cave

Reed Flute Cave

The Reed Flute Cave is a scenic spot and tourist attraction in Guilin, Guangxi, China, known as “the Palace of Natural Arts“. This cave got its name from the kind of reed growing immediately outside the cave entrance, which is used to make fine flutes. It is about 500 meters long and should take slightly less than an hour to explore.

It is a wonderful scenery of stalactites, stalagmites, stone pillars, stone curtains, birds, plants and animals in fantastic shapes and colors the Chinese are known to highlight their natural wonders with. This place is not only important in terms of the natural majesty of its sights.

It is also of historic importance. Touristic significance of the place can be dated as far as the 8th century, during the Tang Dynasty, as there are around 77 ink inscriptions inside the cave spanning several centuries of history.
The biggest grotto, named the Crystal Palace of the Dragon King, can hold about 1000 people. During the Sino-Japanese war it served as an air-raid shelter. The entire cave system has been open to tourists since 1962.