Reed Flute Cave is a perfect example of nature being enhanced by human intervention. The name comes from the reeds, which grow outside, but inside is a forest of stalagmites and stalactites all lit up with lights in a variety of colours. The limestone formations stretch for 240 metres, giving visitors the opportunity to see an almost never-ending display of fascinating shapes.
It takes around an hour to walk around the cave with a different opening to exit the space to the entry one, preventing any blockages. Previous guests have named a number of the more prominent formations, with Crystal Palace, Dragon Pagoda, Virgin Forest, Flower and Fruit Mountain all possible to spot with a little effort. Guides can offer stories to accompany these names, which help bring this magical place to life. Modern visitors are not the first to be fascinated by the site and around 70 inscriptions can be seen on the walls. These are thought to date back to the time of the Tang Dynasty and have been translated as poems and travelogues.
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