Lotus Cave, located three kilometers (1.9 miles) northeast of Xingping Town in Yangshuo, is praised profusely for its stunning Karst cave landscape, especially the 108 cave lotuses, a remarkable spectacle highly recommended by travelers from home and abroad.
The Karst cave is over 600 meters (656 yards) long, 38 meters (125 feet) high at its highest and 25 meters (27 yards) across at its widest. It is bottle-like, with the mouth of the cave as its narrowest part. Highlighted by its unique speleothems, the following sights in the cave cannot be overlooked:
At the entrance, a cluster of stalactites hanging upside down in the shape of lotus petals is rather conspicuous. This is the famous sight called 'the Lotus Petals Suspended Upside Down'. Anyone who notices the lotus blossom will be fascinated by this masterpiece of nature.
The lotus pond's broad, smooth surface is interspersed with 108 stone plates. Because of their resemblance to lotus leaves, these plates are called cave lotuses. The diameters of the plates range from 20 or 30 centimeters (8 or 12 inches) to one and a half meters (59 inches). It is somewhat even more miraculous that there are several cave pearls in each plate, just like lotus seeds that appear strikingly true to life. In the spring and summer, water collects in the cave, and the cave lotuses float on the pond. The impressive scene makes this geological marvel too wonderful for words.
100 meters from the entrance, two slots in the cave wall zigzag into the innermost depths of the cave and resemble two flying dragons, and are called the 'Two Dragons Creeping out the Cave'. A slice of stalactite which can make melodious sounds when knocked is beautifully named the 'Stone of Heptachord'.
Certainly, fascinating sights in Lotus Cave are not limited to those mentioned above. This fascinating limestone cave is an excellent attraction for travelers who are seeking a cave expedition while traveling in Yangshuo.