Crown Cave

Li River
Li River, Guilin

Crown Cave, also known as Guanyan Cave, is located in Caoping Town about 37 km (23 miles) south of Guilin and about 56 km (35 miles) north of Yangshuo. On the east bank of the Li River stands a hill resembling a crown when seen from a distance. Thus the karst cave beneath it is called Crown Cave, or Guan Yan in Chinese. It is now the biggest comprehensive scenic area along the Li River. It was once called Ganyan Cave because of the sweet, clear spring water running from the cave. It boasts the world's longest sightseeing sliding track, setting a new record according to Shanghai China Records. As far back as 1637, Xu Xiake, a renowned Chinese traveler, had visited the cave and described it in detail in his travel notes.


Underground Karst Landscapes

Crown Cave is well known for the variety of transportation that can be used while sightseeing. Walking from the entrance to the cave takes around forty minutes. Or you can take a sightseeing rail car to the mountainside about 3.2 km (two miles) away. It is a lot of fun to drive by yourself through the sea of pastoral scenes along the way.

At the mountainside, an elevator descends into the cave. In the intricate maze of the cave, there are five grottoes across three floors. The stalactites, stalagmites and stone pillars inside will dazzle you with a kaleidoscope of colors that will make you want to linger for a long time. Then you can take the tramcar to Palm Hall on the second floor where there is a superb collection of stalactites. Among four palm-shaped stone pillars, the tallest one is over 50 meters (164 feet), reaching to the ceiling of the cave. The 'palm tree' is so thick that it takes several people together to put their arms around it. Seeing this, visitors can't help but marvel at the magical power of nature. On the third floor is an underground river that is 1,000 m (1,090 yards) long and 500 m (546 yards) wide. You can take a small boat to experience the distinctive views of the river. Many other karst landscapes are waiting for you after you come ashore. Surprisingly, there is even a waterfall in the cave. Walk up the stone steps, and you will reach the exit where the wonderful Li River scenery comes into view.


Xiangba Isle

Besides the underground views in the cave, attractions above ground such as the Peach and Plum Garden, the Olympus Garden, and the Carp Pool in the scenic area are all worth visiting. About 500 m (164 yards) downriver from Crown Cave Scenic Area lies the mysterious and beautiful Xiangba Isle whose name used to be Langzhou Isle, covering 33 hectares (82 acres). Landing on the isle, the first things that come into the view are varied wood carving masks. Camphor trees, grapefruit trees, and peach trees grow in profusion on the isle. What’s more, you will experience rich ethnic customs here while enjoying native folk dances, elaborate artistic works and delicious local dishes. Facing Xiangba Isle across the river is another interesting spot along the Li River, Half-Side Ferry, where a huge rock blocks the road between two villages on the same bank. If time permits, you can hike to have a visit.


How to get to Crown Cave

The bus Lingchuan 306 to Daxu Town, then transfer to Daxu-Caoping Bus Line to Caoping Town Government stop, which is very closed to the Crown Cave. The whole journey will take CNY 6 with an duration of 2-3 hours.

 Tip: The Li River Cruise passes by the cave but doesn’t stop; therefore, to visit Crown Cave, you need to take a bus from Guilin. Visitors often make a day tour visiting here together with the nearby Gudong Waterfall.

Entrance Fee CNY 60 for adults;
CNY 30 for children between 1.2 and 1.5 m (3.9 - 4.9 ft);
Free for children below 1.2m.
Sightseeing Rail Car CNY40 for a single trip
Opening Hours 8:30 - 16:00
Recommended Visit Time Two hours
- Last updated on Mar. 04, 2024 by Gabby Li -
Questions & Answers on Crown Cave
Asked by Khiem Nguyen from VIETNAM | Oct. 28, 2018 00:33Reply
How to get Yangshuo from Crown Cave?

I will take bus from Guilin to Crown Cave on Nov 17 morning. After that I would like to go to Yangshuo, does it have Bus from Crown Cave to Yangshuo?

Thank you guys so much!
Answers (1)
Answered by Hannah from AUSTRALIA | Oct. 29, 2018 19:54

There is no buses between the two places. You either hire a car to Yangshuo or return to GL from Crown Cave and then take the bus at GL Bus Station to Yangshuo.
Asked by Arpad from CANADA | Aug. 22, 2017 10:59Reply
Can I take a bambu rafting trip from Caoping to Xingping?

Can I take the same bus from Guilin main bus station that goes to Crown Cave? Does it also stop at Caoping Wharf?
Answers (1)
Answered by Donald from GERMANY | Aug. 22, 2017 21:51

Yes, you can have a bamboo rafting trip from Caoping to Xingping. And the bus from GL General Bus Station to the cave leaves from 7:30, by the way, the last bus returns at 17:00.

I’m not sure whether the bus stops at Caoping Wharf; but it is near the Cave Scenic Area, you can directly walk there.
Asked by Andi from INDONESIA | Mar. 07, 2015 11:09Reply
Crown Cave By Direct Bus from Guilin
I will be in Guilin in early April and need help info on getting to the cave by bus :
(1) Which bus station in Guilin do I go to? What is the name of the bus station and where is it located?
(2) How often does the bus leaves for the cave? The earliest?
(3) How much is the bus fare?
(4) When does the last bus leaves the cave for Guilin?

Thank you for your help!
Answers (2)
Answered by Oliver from UNITED KINGDOM | Mar. 08, 2015 01:38

At the General Bus Station at South Zhongshan Road, Xiangshan District, you can take the direct bus to the scenic area. Buses are scheduled from 07:30 to 16:30 every half an hour. It takes around half an hour and the bus fare is CNY5. But I have no idea of the bus info for the back trip.
Answered by Andi from INDONESIA | Mar. 08, 2015 03:37

Hi Oliver
Excellent! Just the info I was looking for!
Thank you
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