Reed Flute Cave

As a brilliant Karst cave marked on almost all travel itineraries, Reed Flute Cave got its name from the verdant reeds growing outside it, with which people make flutes. Actually, inside this water-eroded cave is a spectacular world of various stalactites, stone pillars and rock formations created by carbonate deposition. Illuminated by colored lighting, the fantastic spectacle is found in many variations. Walking through the serried stone pillars, tourists feast their eyes on changing spots, feeling they are in a paradise where the Gods live.  

Reed Flute Cave Facts

Location: 5 kilometers (3 miles) northwest of downtown Guilin
Size: 240 meters (262 yards) deep; the maximum height 18 meters (59 ft); the widest point 93 meters (102 yards)
Tour length: about 500 meters (550 yards) long
What’s inside: a spectacular world of various stalactites, stone pillars and rock formations
How old: around 700,000 years old
When discovered: in 1959

How to Tour Reed Flute Cave

Tourists in the cave
Tourists in the cave
Tourists enter the cave and then take a U-shaped sightseeing route to see different spots, whereupon they exit it from another cave quite near the entrance. One trip lasts about forty minutes.

It is a Chinese habit to give each formation a legendary or poetic name such as Crystal Palace, Tower-shaped Pine and other interesting names. For some of these names, you need to use your imagination, but the story behind each is quite fun. It's a pleasure to listen to romantic or fairy tales whilst appreciating the fantastic stone formations.

Top Spots inside Reed Flute Cave

Tower-shaped Pine (Ta Song Ao Xue)

There are two peculiar stalagmites: one is like a snowman, and because of the coldness, he put his hands into his pockets. Another is like a round tower-shaped pine, whose branches are covered with a thick layer of snow and ice.

Crystal Palace

"Crystal Palace” is the widest part inside Reed Flute Cave. This is a brilliant hall and the height decreases to all sides. The stalactites are hanging up in four directions, and they are like series lanterns decorating the hall. Under the light effects, some stalagmites look like jumping fish. 

Leaving Crystal Palace, several narrow lanes appear in front of tourists. According to Chinese myths and legends, this is the place where Monkey King, a main character in Journey to the West, fought with numerous underlings of Dragon King to get his powerful weapon, the magic needle of fixing the sea. 

Inscriptions on the Cave Wall 

Despite the fantastic natural scenery inside Reed Flute Cave, there are many writings on the wall. According to some statistics, there are 77 travelogues and poems left, which are said to be derived from the Tang Dynasty (618-907), making the cave a popular tourist site at that time.
Spectacular interior scene of the cave
Spectacular interior scene of the cave
The illuminated cave looks like a fairyland.
The illuminated cave looks like a fairyland.

How was the Reed Flute Cave formed? 

Reed Flute Cave is formed by long-term water erosion and carbonate deposition. The rocks inside the cave are mainly limestone. When the underground water flows, it dissolves the calcium carbonate inside the limestone. When the water containing calcium carbonate flows out from underground or drops out from cave roof, the water evaporate, only leaving calcium carbonate. After years of accumulation, stalactites form. Till today, these stalactites inside the cave are still “growing” as the water keeps dropping or flowing.

How to get to Reed Flute Cave

1. Take city bus 3, 58, 13 and get off at Reed Flute Cave Station. 
2. Take City Sightseeing Bus to get there. Its running route is Elephant Trunk Hill - Seven Star Park - Wave Subduing Hill - Folded Brocade Hill - Reed Flute Cave. It departs from 10:00 to15:30 with an interval of 30 minutes.
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Entrance Fee 1. CNY 90;
2. CNY45 for children from 1.2 meters (3.9 ft) to 1.4 meters tall (4.6 ft).
3. Free for children under 1.2 meters 
Opening Hours Apr. to Nov.: 7:30-18:00
Dec. to Mar.: 08:00 to 17:30
Time for a Visit
Three hours
- Last modified on Apr. 22, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Reed Flute Cave
Asked by Frances from USA | Apr. 18, 2019 07:09Reply
What number of bus to Reed Flute Cave is the tour bus and where can i catch it? Thanks.
Answers (1)
Answered by Clara from UKRAINE | Apr. 22, 2019 23:09

There is no exact bus number. In Chinese, this bus line is '旅游观光一号线'. Hope helpful!
Asked by Jean from FRANCE | Jan. 24, 2019 03:28Reply
Lockers available on Guilin Reed flûte cave ?
Is it possible to visit Reed flute cave with our luggage (lockers available ?)
Answers (1)
Answered by Elijah from UNITED KINGDOM | Jan. 24, 2019 19:53

Don't worry. You can put the luggage at the ticket office of the scenic area.
Asked by Allard from NETHERLANDS | Oct. 18, 2018 02:59Reply
Is it possible to go from Guilin to Yangshuo by boat as a single trip, with all our luggage?
If so, where could I arrange that?
Thanks in advance.
Answers (1)
Answered by David from USA | Oct. 18, 2018 20:58

Yes, foreign tourists can buy the boat ticket and board the boat at Zhujiang pier and the luggage can be allowed to be arranged on the boat.
Asked by Yvonne Yan from USA | Sep. 16, 2018 07:06Reply
Is it ok to visit the Reed Flute Cave on a rainy day?
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Answered by Mile from GERMANY | Sep. 16, 2018 19:49

Yes, it’s okay, and the rain affects little to the cave.
Asked by Liz from UK | Dec. 20, 2017 08:40Reply
I will be in Guilin on February 15th and wondered if the Reed Flute Caves are open at this time.
considering it is Chinese New Year
Answers (1)
Answered by Cecilia from ITALY | Dec. 20, 2017 20:03

Don’t worry! It’s still open at that time. Have a nice trip!
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