Thursday, 29 March 2007

Cave In

Cave In

This was at the famous Huang Long Dong in China. All these stalactites are natural and are formed through hundreds of years. The caves are lit by colourful spotlights placed strategically around the caves. This photo showed the entrance to the even deeper caves where there were even lakes and waterfall in there.

Huanglong Dong (Yellow Dragon Cave) is located in the Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area. This area has spectacular ravines and gorges. The rocks are a mixture of 2/3 quartzite and 1/3 limestone, and while the quartzites form strage rock formations and gorges, the limestone is heavily karstified. The caves are concentrated in the Suoxi River area, where about 40 caves are known. Others are found at the south-east side of Tianzi Mountain.

Huanglong Dong is one of the ten longest caves in China, 11km of passages in four levels. The Chinese are rather acribic in counting the features, so cave contains 13 chambers, 96 passages, 3 waterfalls, 2 underground rivers, 3 pools, and 1 underground lake. Although this list seems a little strange to western eyes, it is still impressive.

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