Xiandu Karst Cave
The Yangtze River Three Gorges is the largest geological park in the world. You can not only appreciate the beautiful scenery along this section by cruising, you can also visit it on land. There are also many unique sightseeing spots alongside.
Xiandu Karst Cave, located along the bank of the Xiandu River, Shihao town, Zuanjiang County, 180 kilometers away from Chongqing, is a famous karst scenic spot area and sightseeing place. According to the record, the cave got this name from a celestial being who stayed in the cave before crossing the river the next day. It is said that the cave formed around 100,000 years ago, and it is the largest cave discovered in the upstream course of the Yangtze River. There are three floors in the cave with depths of over 12,000 meters, about 3000 meters discovered so far, and there are 200 wonderful caves available to be visited. The stelae, stalagmites, stone flowers and stone vines are attractive, especially under the colorful light.
Wansheng Stone Forest
On your first day, take the scheduled bus from Nanping Bus Station to Zuanjiang County, or you can take the bus No. 326 in Nanping Bus Station and then catch a minibus. Upon your arrival in Zuanjiang, take a tourist bus to Xiandu Karst Cave. If you have a private car, drive on the Qian-yu Express Way, exit the highway at the Leishendian Exit, National Highway No. 303 till you get to the Chongxi River, then drive southward till you arrive at Shihao Town. The admission fee for the Xiandu Karst Cave is RMB30.00 net. Spend your time leisurely there to appreciate the caves and their dazzling and changing colors under the various kinds of light. In the afternoon, get back to Zuanjiang County and transfer by minibus to Wansheng Stone Forest (Tel: 86-23-48338050) The Stone Forest is said to be the second largest and the oldest China. The stones there are in an infinite variety of fantastic shapes, -- some like flying birds and feasts, some like exotic flowers and plants, etc. The outstanding sites are Tian'men Cave, Shen'nv Peak, and Xianglu' Mountain, featuring fossils and stone strum in 100 places. Spend RMB50.00 and you will get the chance to see this fantastic stone kingdom. After a leisurely tour there, stay overnight in a local hostel.
The second morning, take the minibus to Nanchuan City and catch a tourist bus to Golden Buddha Mountain Scenic area, a wonderful world with exotic flowers, plants, rare animals and bonsai stone forests. The most recommended site is Jinping Peak, the grandest karst. Stay in the Nanchuan Hotel. From Chongqing city, 135 kilometers from the Golden Buddha Mountain scenic spot, it will take you about four hours by public bus (take the coach from Chongqing to Nanchuan, and then catch a tourist bus to Golden Buddha Mountain); it will take you about three hours by private car.Visit the Golden Buddha Mountain scenic area at leisure. The admission fee is RMB25.00 net per person, and for the ancient Buddha Cave, RMB10.00 net. The cable car is also available for RMB50.00 net. If you want to ski, a charge of RMB20.00-RMB80.00 net will be added. Return to Chongqing. Your short karst journey ends.