Reed Flute Cave is situated in the northwest of Guilin, 5 kilometers away from the center of the city. It is a cave on the southern shoulder of the Guangming Hill (Bright Hill) and is one of the most outstanding resorts in Guilin.The Reed Flute Cave is a landmark and tourist attraction in Guilin, Guangxi, China. It is a natural limestone cave with multicolored lighting and has been one of Guilin’s most interesting attractions for over 1200 years. It is over 180 million years old.
Reed Flute Cave is 240 meters long and endows grand fairyland ofkarst caves with landscape and rural landscape. The cave got its name from the type of reed growing outside, which can be made into melodious flutes. Many strange rocks and stone pillars are along the u-shaped route. It is a paradise of stalactites, stalagmites, stone pillars, stone curtains, birds, plants and animals in fantastic shapes and colors sparkling evoking the great admiration among the tourists. The cave is highly praised as the ‘ Huge Art Palace of the Nature’. 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.
It is 500 meters long and takes about fifty minutes to explore. The cave is Top AAAA Scenic Spot and opened to public in 1962. It is the most visited cave in the world and described as “Art Palace of Nature”. It is not only beautiful, but historic as there are 77 stone inscriptions covering many years of China’s storied history.
Since Tang Dynasty, this cave has attracted millions of tourists and many people have left murals of which seventy-seven are being well preserved. Since the cave opened to the public in 1962, millions of tourists have visited it. The cave is one of the major scenic resorts in that place just second to Li River. At present, the cave is equipped with artificial lighting system to highlight visual effect.