Yellow Dragon Cave

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Yellow Dragon Cave's name comes from a legend of a dragon that lived inside the cave, but it also seems to make reference to its monstrous size: the cave in Hunan province, southern China, reportedly covers over 100,000 square meters.

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Yellow Dragon Cave
Yellow Dragon Cave

Visitors often spend over two hours taking in its cavernous caverns, marveling at stalagmites and stalactites that are millions of years in the making. A word of advice: visit the bathroom before entering. Tours take in groups of 60 people, forsaking the sun's rays to enter a world backlit by colored LEDs.

Yellow Dragon Cave
Yellow Dragon Cave

But the tour groups often disintegrate as they progress along the lengths of the cave. A tunnel leads people deeper and deeper into the depths of the cave, and tour guides with microphones note various stalagmites which occasionally resemble the objects they are named after.

Yellow Dragon Cave
Yellow Dragon Cave

But the water at Yellow Dragon Cave can be more than a trickle. At one point, a 40 meter waterfall strangely drops out of the centre of a hall ceiling, its origin almost impossible to discern. Rivers flow through different depths of the cave, and at one point, all visitors hop into boats to cautiously cruise 800 meters of the maze-like cave. Views are impressive as many of the caverns are incredibly large, at times tall enough to house a thirty-storey building. Even claustrophobics can enjoy this cave.

Yellow Dragon Cave
Yellow Dragon Cave

How to get Yellow Dragon Cave

From Zhangjiajie bus station (next to the train station), take the long distance bus to Wulingyuan bus station. Then take bus #1 to Huang Long Dong (40 minutes).

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