Like an underground paradise befitting of an emperor, Reed Flute Cave, is the most famous cave in Guilin. It is renowned for its magnificent natural rock formations which create picturesque reflections against the ponds spread throughout the cave.
Situated northwest of Guilin City, the cave earned its name after the reeds that grow on the perimeter. The 787-foot long (240 m) cave is filled with massive stone pillars, stalagmites, and stalactites that create a hauntingly beautiful landscape. The rock formations are illuminated with colored lights, creating a natural art gallery.
Sticking to tradition, the Chinese have given many of these formations poetic names, including Dragon’s Pagoda, Crystal Palace, and Fruit and Flower Mountain. Many of these spots also have ancient legends accompanying them, adding an air of mystery to the whole experience. The cave holds more than 70 inscriptions written in ink, dating back to the Tang Dynasty (618-907), evidence that it’s been a favored attraction in ancient times as well.