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Jiuxiang Cave, also known as Jiuxiang Scenic Region (九乡风景区) is located in the mountainous area in Jiuxiang Yi and Hui Autonomous Township of Yiliang County with an elevation between 1750m to 1900m. It is 30km from the Stone Forest and 90km from Kunming city center.
Jiuxiang Cave is a national scenic spots and historical sites which is praised as the "Museum of Karst Caves", boasts more than 100 Karst caves and is the largest cave group system in China. The cave formations are very varied and the rivers, waterfalls, and natural rock bridges are very enchanting. With lush forest, rich animal and plant resources in Jiuxiang Scenic Region, the formation are very varied and the colorful underground palace, grand Karst stone terrace, pellucid rapid stream, rambling magnificent twin waterfalls, and natural rock bridges are all made the place very enchanting.
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There are not only magnificent mountains and valleys but also the exotic and beautiful underground cave. The main scenic spots of Jiuxiang Scenic Region are Green Shady Valley, Grand Underground Valley, Grand Lion Hall, Fairy Palace, Twin Waterfalls, Fairy Fields and Bat Cave etc.
Green and Shady Valley (荫碧峡), also called the Valley of Love for it was the place for local young men and women to sing songs in order to find lovers. The valley stretches for about 600m, flanked with verdant trees. You can take a boat ride through the valley and hear the voices echoing off the cliffs. The picturesque landscape is unforgettable, many poets had written touching poems there.
The Grand Underground Valley, also known as the Terrifying Gorge (惊魂峡) is 700 meters long, is currently the most spectacular underground valley found in China. The two sides of the cliff is straightly down like been cut by a knife and axe. From the bottom of the valley to the top of the cave is nearly 100m, the narrowest place is only 3 to 4 meters, visitors can experience the thrilling feeling.
The Grand Lion Hall (雄狮厅) is the largest underground hall in the world, with a total area of 15,000 square meters, tourists holding capacity can reach 10,000 people. What is so remarkable about this place is that the top of the hall is made of a complete plate inlaid with several sinuous eddies but hasn’t got any pillars. The construction of the top plate is perfect and seamless.
Wandering around the Fairy Palace (神女宫), visitors can enjoy the typical underground Karst landscape. Stalactites are exquisite, nestled close to each other like fairies singing and dancing in the palace, contend in beauty and fascination. The dreamlike scenery gives people an illusion of being in a fairyland.
Twin Waterfalls (雌雄飞瀑) is two waterfalls cascade down from the rock at a length of 30 meters and meet in a deep pool at a depth of 10 meters in Wolong Cave. The two waterfalls fall straight down with a maximum flow of 320 cubic meters per second, making a deafening sound. The powerful and magnificent momentum of the water makes the two waterfalls like two inseparable lovers. It’s really a rare wonder of caves in China.
The total area of the Fairy Field (神田) is about 100 square meters, more than 10m deep. It is praised as the most amazing cave scenery by international speleologists. Layers of stalagmites, highlighted with colored lights, look like terraced fields. There is a huge conical stalactite shaped like a grain of cereal, bathed in a gold-yellow light.
The Bat Cave (蝙蝠洞), also known as Underground Upside Down Stone Forest, is a magic scene formed by different directions of air flow. The stone forest here is characterized by its great and irregular inclination.
Route : Green Shady Valley - Grand Underground Valley - Grand Lion Hall - Fairy Palace - Diehong Bridge - Twin Waterfalls - Fairy Field - Yi Minority Village - Bat Cave
After going through the entrance of Jiuxiang Scenic Area, you can take the Sightseeing Elevator down to the Green Shady Valley, taking a boat through the narrow gorge and at the end of the boat trip; you can walk along the path through the Grand Underground Valley. Passing through the Valley brings you to Grand Lion Hall, an underground oval hall with a pitched vault. Close to the Grand Hall is Fairy Palace, different-shaped stalactites and stalagmites that highlighted with colored light would definitely dazzle you. Then Crossing the Diehong Bridge, you will see the imposing Twins Waterfalls in Wolong Cave. Continuing on, there is the Fairy Field - the most famous rock formation of all Jiuxiang. Then you can go to Yi Minority Village to experience the local ethnic customs. Last stop is the Bat Cave, the well-known Underground upside down Stone Forest. Usually, it takes about 2-3 hours to go through the scenic area.
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From Kunming City (By Coach)
For independent travelers who has limited budget can take the tour bus to Yiliang (宜良) at the Eastern Bus Station (昆明东部客运站) in Kunming, then transfer to bus No.21 to Jiuxiang Scenic Area at Yiliang Bus Station (宜良客运站). The whole journey takes about 3 hours.
From the Stone Forest
Most travelers would visit Jiuxiang Cave and Kunming Stone Forest in the same day. Jiuxiang Cave is about 30km from the Stone Forest, takes about 50 minutes by car. There is no public transport connected two places, so if you want to tour these two places within a day, the most convenient way is by hiring a private car.
Entrance ticket for Jiuxiang Cave: CNY 90/person;
Cable car in the scenic area: CNY 30/person;
Travelers are highly suggested wear comfortable antiskid shoes during your Jiuxiang Cave trip, since there are lots of stone steps to walk and the high humidity inside the cave makes the road slippery.
Travelers can stay overnight in Shilin County after visit Jiuxiang Cave and Stone Forest within a day, there are also some 3-star hotels in the county. However, most travelers will choose to go back to Kunming for accommodation. Kunming has more choice for travelers and it’s more convenient to transfer to your next destination from Kunming. ▶ Check more about Recommended Kunming Accommodation | Where to Stay in Kunming
Jiuxiang Scenic Region is located in a mountainous area; the climate is warm and cool all around the year. Jiuxiang Cave presents different landscapes in different seasons. It is suitable for travel all year round but summer is the best season, when you can take a boat through the valley and enjoy pleasant weather.
Strongly advise travelers to avoid visit Jiuxiang Cave during holidays such as the Labor’s Day (1st May to 5th May), Chinese National Day (1st October to 7th October) and Chinese Spring Festival etc.
Most travelers would visit Jiuxiang Cave and Stone Forest in a day, with the classic 1 day exploration of Kunming City highlights, such as Green Lake Park, Western Hills and Dragon Gate, Yunnan Minorities Museum, Dianchi Lake, etc. to enjoy the charm of this Spring City. If you are interested in photography or nature, you can also spend another 2 or more days to Dongchuan Red Land.
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Besides, most travelers travel to Kunming with more destinations in Yunnan to enjoy more amazing nature and culture of this vast province. You can go the classic route like most travelers, head north to Dali and Lijiang and end your journey at the fairyland on earth - Shangri-La. Photography lovers who prefer the picturesque scenery can head south to Yuanyang, the flooded paddies here are also a perfect site. Want to visit the tropical rainforest and immerse yourself in the variety of plants and animals kingdom? Xishuangbannan will make your dream come true.
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8 Days Classic Yunnan Tour (Kunming / Dali / Lijiang / Shangri-La)
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11 Days Amazing Yunnan Tour (Kunming / Yuanyang / Jianshui / Kunming / Dali / Lijiang / Shangri-La)
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