Dictionary of Geotourism

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

Reed Flute Cave Landscape, Guilin

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2538-0_2026
This is a famous karst cave in China. Located in Guangming Mountain in the northwestern suburbs of Guilin City, this cave is a hall-type cave with an east-west length of 240 m, a north-south width of 50–90 m and a height of 10–18 m. The cave bottom covers an area of 14,900 m 2and is 15–25 m above the ground surface in the foothills. Northeast of the hall, a canyon-like corridor runs EW along the cave fissure. A very deep aven is located at its end. Chemical deposition is ongoing inside the cave; hence, stalagmites and karst columns are as dense as the wood in a forest. On the cave wall, 77 historical ink writings have been found. The earliest can be dated to the Southern Dynasties and were signed by Qi Yongming (483–493 AD). Five writings have been dated to the Tang Dynasty, ten to the Song Dynasty, one to the Yuan Dynasty, four to the Ming Dynasty, another four to the Republic of China period, and 52 lack identification. The important wall writings are on the walls of the large hall,...
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