Stone Flower Cave (Shihua Cave)

Stone Flower Cave, Beijing
Stone Flower Cave

Located in Fangshan District, Stone Flower Cave, also known as Shihua Cave or Shihuadong Cave, is a national famous scenic spot and geological park which is noted for the unique Karst cave sightseeing and a valuable informational bank on geological research.

Originally it was called Qianzhen or Shifo Cave, names given it by the wanderer monk Yuan Guang during the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). Stone Flower Cave thus became famous from then on. Covering an area of about 1.8 Hectares, it is a multilayer Karst cave with seven clearly distributed layers. The first to the sixth layers are the scenery area and the seventh layer is the underground river. There are twelve huge "halls" which are interconnected with countless narrow passages, sixteen 'chambers' and 71 'branch caves' in many sizes and shapes.

The inside is a fairyland on earth. You will be amazed at nature's creativity. All of the features are made of stone: fantastic stalactites, stalagmites, curtains and, flowers. Everywhere is full of the sound of water dripping "Di Di Da" which is composed into delightful music. Stalactites and stalagmites are growing until one day they meet. The milk white stone 'Yue Nai Shi' is a wonder in it and a national treasure. It comes in many shapes such as stone lotus and mushroom.Stone Flower Cave

What's more, the Silver Fox Cave is worth visiting. It was discovered and developed in 1991. Composed of eight halls and over 40 scenic sights, it is an amazing gallery presenting changeable scenery. There is a rare stone regarded as national treasure. It is in the shape of snow leopard's head and silver fox's body. The whole body of it 'grows' snow-white sharp hairs, crystal clear and glittering. The miniature landscapes in it are full of variety.

It keeps a constant 55.4F temperature in all four seasons. The cool and gentle breeze in it bring fresh air to visitors. It is a great place for sightseeing and refreshing the mind.  


How to get to Stone Flower Cave

1. Take Subway Line 9 and transfer to Fangshan Line at Guogongzhuang, and then get off at Liangxiang Nanguan. After leaving from Exit A1, walk west for 3 minutes and turn north. Walk for 2 more minutes to Liangxiang Nanguan Xi Bus Stop. Then take Bus Fang 43 to Shihuadong (Stone Flower Cave).
2. Take bus 836/917 from Tianqiao Bus Station to Yancun and then change to Bus Fang 43.
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Admission Fee CNY 70
Opening Hours 8:30-17:00

 Other attractions in Fangshan District:
 Shidu Nature Park
 Yunju Temple
 Peking Man Site at Zhoukoudian

 Recommended Itineraries: 
One Day Visit: Peking Man Site - Lugou Bridge - Stone Flower Cave
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- Last updated on Oct. 31, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Stone Flower Cave
Asked by Belinda from CANADA | May. 30, 2017 21:07Reply
Is there the shuttle from Beijing Pingguoyuan Station to Stone Flower Cave?
How long does it take? Thanks.
Answers (1)
Answered by Mandy from USA | Jun. 01, 2017 02:13

You can take bus no.948 to Dongzhuangzi Bus Stop, and then you may walk 170 meters ahead to take bus no.Fang 21 to Shihuadong Crossing. After that, you may transfer bus no. Fang 43 to the scenic spot directly. This trip may take around 3 hours.
Asked by Alice from INDONESIA | May. 29, 2017 02:09Reply
How to go from beijing dongsi subway to Stone Flower cave ?
Hello, Is Stone Flower Cave open in Aug? How to go from dongsi subway to Stone Flower cave ? and how many hours to arrive at Stone Flower cave ? thanks
Answers (1)
Answered by Amy from CANADA | Jun. 01, 2017 02:08

As I know, it is open in August.
From the Dongsi Metro Station, you may walk about 180 meters to Dongsi Crossing East Bus Stop. Then you may take bus no.109 to Guang’anmennei Bus Stop. Afterwards, you may transfer bus no.825 to Liangxiang Ximen Bus Stop. Later you may walk 170 meters to Liangxiang Ximen West Bus Stop to take bus no.Fang 43 to Shihuadong Bus Stop. Upon arrival, you can find the scenic spot directly. The entire trip will take about 4 hours.
Asked by Cameron Hack | Jan. 09, 2015 01:33Reply
Are the Beijing stone flower caves open all year round
and what would be the best way to reach them now?
Answers (1)
Answered by Ben from SAN MARINO | Jan. 09, 2015 02:55

Yes, it is open all the year round. As for the transport, at Liangxiang Nanguan subway station, you can take the bus 43 (房43) or 833 to the scenic spot.
Asked by JudyA from USA | Jun. 22, 2014 07:48Reply
How many steps are there in the Stone Flower Cave in Beijing?
Answers (1)
Answered by Lilian from AUSTRALIA | Jun. 23, 2014 04:08

There is around 1700 steps.
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