Reed Flute Cave

Coordinates: 25°18′16″N 110°16′32″E / 25.30444°N 110.27556°E / 25.30444; 110.27556
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Reed Flute Cave (芦笛岩)
LocationGuilin, China
Coordinates25°18′16″N 110°16′32″E / 25.30444°N 110.27556°E / 25.30444; 110.27556
Accessby foot

The Reed Flute Cave (Chinese: 芦笛岩; pinyin: Lúdí Yán), also known as "the Palace of Natural Arts," is a landmark and tourist attraction in Guilin, Guangxi, China.[1]

Lake inside the cave, with artificial lighting

The cave got its name from the type of reed growing outside, which can be made into flutes. Reed Flute Cave is filled with a large number of stalactites, stalagmites and other rock formations. Inside, there are more than 70 inscriptions written in ink, which can be dated back as far as 792 AD in the Tang dynasty. These aged inscriptions tell us that it has been an attraction in Guilin since ancient times.[2][failed verification] It was rediscovered in the 1940s by a group of refugees fleeing the Japanese troops. Nowadays, multicolored lighting artificially illuminates the cave.[3] The Reed Flute Cave is filled with various stalactites and stalagmites, which are named according to what they look like and the legends surrounding them, Crystal Palace, Fish Tail Peak, and Dragon Pagoda. One giant stalactite is said to have been the magic spear of the Dragon King, used by the Monkey King Sun Wukong in the Chinese Buddhist classic, Journey to the West.[4]


  1. ^ "Guilin Reed Flute Cave". City of Guilin. Archived from the original on 20 May 2011.
  2. ^ "David Nielsen – Nielsen Survey Review". Archived from the original on May 22, 2011.
  3. ^ Moretti, Alex (January 23, 2017). "These Are The World's Most Amazing Caves You Can Visit Today".
  4. ^ "Reed Flute Cave: The Magical Multicolored Cave of Guilin, China". 6 June 2017.

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