Yellow Dragon Cave Travel Guide
Yellow Dragon Cave is one of the foremost scenic areas in Zhangjiajie, and was rated as one of the first 4A National Tourist Attractions in China. Also it has been honored as "magical karst cave both in China and in the world".
As a typical karst formation, you know that water plays an extremely important role in its development. Flowing into the fissures of the karst layer, water constantly dissolves the limestone rock, thereby widening the crevice. This process continues year after year and thus the caves are created.
It is 15 kilometers long and has a vertical rise of 140 meters. The inner recess is divided into four layers, two dry ones and two possess waterways. The tally of natural wonders includes: one natural reservoir, 2 underground rivers, 3 pools, 4 waterfalls, 13 grand halls, 96 passageways and hundreds of thousands of stalagmites,columns and stalactites. The Yellow Dragon Cave is so complex and unfathomable, possessing such a multitude of geological features, that it´s impossible for us to take them all in at one time.
The gate of the Yellow Dragon Cave is very simple, on which inscribed with an antithetical couple.
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. 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.
Yellow Dragon Cave is always a "mysterious place". The waterway within the cave is called Yellow Dragon Spring and it keeps flowing year around. It is said that long, long ago this region suffered a severe drought, so a wizard named He Junru, accompanied by his disci- ples, entered the cave and beseeched the dragon to send water.
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.
You can take a bus at Zhangjiajie Bus Station to Wulingyuan county,and then take a motorbike to the cave.
Recommended time for a visit: two hours.