Attraction 2 Huang Long Lu, Xihu Qu, Hangzhou Shi, Zhejiang Sheng, China Published on: 30-08-2016
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Why Yellow Dragon Cave is special ?
The Hangzhou Lingshan Cave is the only Karst cave found in the Hangzhou city proper. It is also widely regarded as the best cave in the West Lake district. The lake offers an amazing natural combination of wind, water, and air all in one place. It has plenty of ridges and peaks that make up a wonderful natural display that can amaze even veteran cavers. Also called as the Lingshan Fairyland, it truly is a great place for an adventure set in nature. The Hangzhou Lingshan Cave is located 19-kilometers to the southwest of downtown Hangzhou. It lies strategically at the junction of Fuchun River and Qiantang River. It has been known to the Chinese people for more than 1,500 years now. Due to its location, it is quite easy to access, which helps make it an even more popular tourist destination in Hangzhou.
What to explore at Yellow Dragon Cave?
The gate of the Yellow Dragon Cave is very simple, on which inscribed with an antithetical couple.
The scenes in the yard are half-artificial and half natural. The main scenic spot in the yard are Pavilion of Fragrant Snow, Pavilion of Standing Crane, and a dragonhead molded on a cliff. The dragon's head is the hero of the yard. Spring water comes out of the dragonhead and flows into the pond below.
Beside the pond stands a stone, on which inscribed with eight Chinese characters meaning, "If there is dragon in the pond, it will be charming. So, the depth of the pond is unimportant".
The Bamboo Garden, which is opposite the Vermilion Corridor, is unique in the Yellow Dragon Cave. In the garden grows a great variety of bamboo, such as 33-meters high mao bamboo, several-inch-high white bamboo, purple bamboo, green bamboo with golden dots, square bamboo and so on.
While seeing so many kinds of bamboo, you will gasp in admiration for the superlative craftsmanship of the nature.
The Yellow Dragon Cave is simple but elegant yard. It lays out as an antique park by the Hangzhou local government. There are teahouse, wine shop, theater, Terrace of Praying for Rain, and other ancient entertainment.
After visiting the yard, you can also taste the local flavors, such as Tianhua Steamed Stuffed Dumplings, Ten-Flavor Dumpling Soup, Steam Cake, and so on. People said that these flavors were very popular in Song Dynasty (960 ~ 1279A.D.).
You can also listen to the ancient Chinese music in the pavilion. This antique yard can make your travel more interesting.
How to get to Yellow Dragon Cave?
Thee are several public buses running to the Yellow Dragon Cave in Hangzhou such as Y3, Y4 Y5, No.16, 21, 23, 28, K101, K599. Or you walk from Yuefei Temple up to Xixian range, then walk down to Yellow Dragon Cave, which takes about 1 hour.
- “Unique Caving experience”
- “A colourful wander in the cool underground”
- “Paradise hidden in the Mountains”
- “Mostly wonderful”
- “Beautiful cool cave”
2 Huang Long Lu, Xihu Qu, Hangzhou Shi, Zhejiang Sheng, China
Tips for you
We went to Yellow Dragon Cave on 10 September 2014 by tour group. There were so many stalagmites and stalactites. The lightings gave the best effects of the beauty of this cave. It was such a hard job for us elderly to climb up the steep stairs. Some had railings. My wife had a hard time to see this cave. She had used all her energy to climb up and down until the boat ride when she had time for rest. We had gone to this kind of cave in other countries. But we concluded this was the hardest.
Great cave system for touring through ...... full of stalagmites and stalactites, with underground lake ride also.
When entering the cave they'll open the gates for batches of 60 at a time. I'd suggest hanging back for about 5 minutes and let the hoards rampage through first along with the guide squawking through the megaphone. Then take a leisurely stroll behind them, at least until you meet other hoards coming and going. Whilst all taking it in turns shouting at the walls like tourettes ridden cavemen so they can hear their own echos.From reading some other reviews I don't know how you would ever get lost in there, as there are signs pointing to the exit on every turn, as well as cave people everywhere doing their typical thing. And if you're afraid of walking up wet steps then don't bother as a good percentage of the cave is accessed by wet steps. I didn't see one cave man slip on my way through, so you might get lucky and survive.All in all, I enjoyed it and got some nice photography done. And once you realize how old the formations of the stalagmites are, you will find that it's quite an impressive cave. If you have time to kill as we did, I would recommend it.
Yellow Dragon Cave is filled with incredible formations, and the space is very cavernous (no need to worry if you dislike small enclosed spaces!). I loved the underground waterfalls and the free boat trip up the underground river. The grounds surrounding the caves are also beautiful, and the staff is very pleasant and helpful.