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Yellow Dragon Cave

Introducing Yellow Dragon Cave (from China Internet Information Center)
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. Visitors often spend over two hours taking in its cavernous caverns, marveling at stalagmites and stalactites that are millions of years in the making.

Yellow Dragon Cave Fast Facts
• Chinese Name: Huang Long Dong 黄龙洞
• Best Time to Visit: March to November
• Recommended Visiting Hours: 2-3 hours
• Things to Do: Photography, Cave Explore
• Opening Hours: 08:00-17:00 from Apr 1 to Oct 15; 08:30-17:00 from Oct 16 to Mar 31
• Entrance Fee: CNY 225 from Mar to Nov; CNY 115 from Dec to Feb
• Address: Wulingyuan District, Zhangjiajie, Hunan Province

What to expect at Yellow Dragon Cave

The plip plop sound of dripping water is omnipresent, each drop slowly shaping the rock formations. Visitors hold their fingers and tongues up to stalagmites to catch the constant trickle of water. 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 Yellow Dragon Cave.

The stalagmites at Yellow Dragon are also impressively tall. The ten thousand year old Sea-Suppressing Needle is a highlight of the cave; it is a 19.2 meter tall toothpick of a stalagmite which has been insured for 100 million yuan. The cave's largest stalagmite is 12 meters tall and 50 meters in circumference. Its name is King's Throne, though every child would find Scary Monster's Head to be a more appropriate moniker.

Yellow Dragon Cave is certainly one of the world's best caves. Even those who know nothing about caves can recognize that this one can't possibly have many equals. Yellow Dragon Cave was one of China's first tourist destinations which was given the national AAAA ranking. Accordingly, Yellow Dragon Cave is well set up to handle large numbers of people should they arrive.

How to get to Yellow Dragon Cave
• Take a tourist buses from Zhangjiajie Central Bus Station to Wulingyuan Scenic Area. Then change to the sightseeing bus shuttling inside the scenic area to get Yellow Dragon Cave.
• Take Wulingyuan city bus line 1 to Yellow Dragon Cave.
• Rent a car/bus from GGC to enjoy a hassle free private transfer from hotels in Zhangjiajie to Yellow Dragon Cave.

Additional travel advice on Yellow Dragon Cave
• There is no washroom in the cave. Please visit the bathroom before entering.
• Prepare some food and drinkable water.
• The temperature inside cave is relatively low, especially on the river. It is suggested to take a jacket with you.

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