Reed Flute Cave

Reed Flute Cave, China

Reed Flute Cave, China by Christian Ortiz. Sourced via Flickr under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License.

The Reed Flute Cave is a major tourist attraction in Guilin. This natural limestone cave is illuminated with multicoloured lighting and has been one of Guilin’s most interesting attractions for over 1200 years. The cave is over 180 million years old. It got its name from the type of reed growing outside, which can be made into melodious flutes. The Reed Flute Cave is filled with a large number of stalactites, stalagmites and rock formations in weird and wonderful shapes. Inside, there are more than 70 inscriptions written in ink, which can be dated back as far as 792 AD (Tang Dynasty). These aged inscriptions tell us that it has been an attraction in Guilin since ancient times. The cave was later lost and forgoten only to be rediscovered in the 1940s by a group of refugees.

Map showing location of Reed Flute Cave

Above: Location of Reed Flute Cave in Guilin, Guangxi, China