Reed Flute Cave (pinyin: Lu Di Yan), located in the northwest suburb of Guilin City, is a famous landmark and tourist attraction in Guilin. At 240 meters long, it is a natural limestone cave with numerous stalagmites, stalactites, and stalagnates with different sizes and shapes. The cave is often referred to as the “Palace of Natural Arts” thanks to the different colored lights inside. The cave got its name from the reeds growing outside which can be used to make flutes.
The cave was rediscovered in 1959 and is now a must-see attraction in Guilin. About 70 inscriptions, dating back to Tang Dynasty (618 CE – 907 CE), are said to be travelogues and poems written by visitors. Before the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, this unique cave had been visited by the nearby villagers. The villagers kept is as a secret, because they used it as a shelter from the Japanese during the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937 – 1945).
Entering the natural entrance, visitors takes a U-shaped route to see the different natural formations of the cave. The play of light within the cave makes for quite a unique spectacle. The exit next to the entrance was dug artificially before opening the site to the public in 1962.
As one of top tourist attractions in Guilin, Reed Flute Cave will not disappoint you, so make sure you set aside at least an hour to explore it.
Admission Fee: 60RMB
Open Time: 7:30 – 18:00 (April to October), 8:00 – 17:30 (November to the following March)