Dictionary of Geotourism

2020 Edition
| Editors: Anze Chen, Young Ng, Erkuang Zhang, Mingzhong Tian

Karst Perforated Rock Landscape

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2538-0_1272

Synonym: Light-through cavity landscape

This is a karst landform consisting of residual karst channels, both ends of which are open to allow light to enter, and the cavity is above the groundwater level and is located in the upper part of the hill. These features are common in Guizhou and Guangxi Provinces, and the Through the Mountain Moon Rock in Guilin and the Moon Mountain in Yangshuo are most famous. The Through the Mountain Moon Rock is a large open cavity aligned north to south. The cavity is located in the middle of a hill, is approximately 10 m high, 20 m wide and 70 m long, and can accommodate several hundred people. Viewed from a distance, this cavity looks like a bright moon hanging high in the sky; hence, it was previously called Empty Bright Rock. Yangshuo’s Moon Mountain is 411 m above sea level and has a relative height of approximately 300 m. The cliff on the upper hill looks like a screen with a hole in the middle, resembling a luminous moon in the sky. Hence, it is...
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