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Crown Cave, Guilin

Crown Cave, located in Caoping Village, 29 km south of Guilin city, on the east bank of the Li River. It is known for centuries and has attracted countless poets, scholars and nobles. In 1637 this cave was visited by Xu Xiake, an early traveler. He is regarded the first visitors to this cave. This is a river cave with a great portal at the Li River.

The cave gets its name because the hill looks like a crown in acient times. Looking from Li River, the crown cave is like a hill ahead of the boat, but when you go inside, you will find the hill is hollow. Just walk inside, suddenly you will hear the sound of water, looking down from handrail, you can see another cave at the bottom part and a boat is passing through. Go to the underground cave, you need to take a boat to go inside. Drink the water here, it is so sweet. As it is hollow, you can hear the echo of your voices if you yell out during your tour.

The cave lasts for 12 km, and only 3 km near the river is explored. There are three parts in side the cave. The top two parts are dried karst caves with fantastic stalactites and stalagmites in all strangle shapes, typical karst feature can be found here. The bottom part is a giant subterranean river, you can see an underground stream passes through the cave and then joins the Li River. That's why you can hear the sound of the water when you go inside.

The cave has been set with modern sightseeing facilities. When you finish your water tour, you may take an elevator to the exit of the crown cave. It is the No. 1 elevator for sightseeing in Asia for cave tour. You can also take a small train or sightseeing roller coaster to visit. Of course, you need to take a boat for subterranean river tour. These tour ways are called a combination of water tour, land tour and air tour. With modern travel ways and beautiful sceneries, the cave tour is just like a dream tour, a tour to a fairyland.
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