This clandestine luminous dream leaves travel lovers in a trance of color, drip patterns, and possibly the most intense gallery of geology up close; a subterranean utopia. It would almost be a crime to leave this astonishing cave out of your China tour! The Reed Flute Cave, also known as “the Palace of Natural Arts”, can be found northwest of the downtown Guilin.

A Subterranean Utopia

Reed Flute Cave is a 240-meter-long natural water eroded limestone cave in Guangxi province of China. Its name is derived from the copious amount of reed that grows throughout the area, a majority of which is used to make flutes.

The Reed Flute Cave boasts extraordinary and blazing stalagmite, stalactite formations created by carbonite deposition, and bodies of water. The cave has been deemed “The Palace of Natural Arts” because of the neon psychedelic like color variation created by millennia of elements.

Reed Flute Cave china

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The Tales of Reed Flute Cave

It is a Chinese practice to give each water creation a mythical or even romantic name such as Virgin Forest, Dragon Pagoda, Crystal Palace, Flower and Fruit Mountain and many more. The Reed Flute Cave requires travel enthusiasts to use their imagination, but each formation has its own tale, and that is one example of what makes this place special. I can imagine it is a pleasure to listen to quixotic fables or lore about these heavenly spirits while taking in these beautiful formations with all five senses. It’s no wonder it features on so many travel itineraries.

Reed Flute Cave Lu Di Yan- Gullin, China

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The Pilgrim Cave

Now a popular destination for travel lovers and fanatics of illumination and pattern design alike, China’s Reed Flute Cave has evidence, in the form of literal writing on the wall, that the cave was a well-regarded refuge over ten centuries ago. The inscriptions are said to date back to 792 CE, which would have fallen into the Tang dynasty. It became a sanctuary again in the 1940s for refugees fleeing Japanese forces during the second World War. In some ways, it is a safe haven; a pilgrim cave.

The Reed Flute Cave Lu DI Yan- Gullin, China

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Kaleidoscopic in nature

If you’re going on a DIY China tour now, you’ll find the Reed Flute Cave is illuminated dramatically with countless multicolored lights that have been propped in all of the cracks and crevices.  The end result for travel lovers is an almost kaleidoscopic and patterned experience as the lights radiates the otherwise shadowy opaque cave into an eccentric fusion of vivid colors caused by natural coarse erratics. The cave’s pretty face pretty much ensures that it has the ability to be a safe haven for another thousand years.

When you travel here, make sure you carry something warm – it can be handy as temperatures drop underground.

A must-see for your DIY China tour!

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