Cockscomb Limestone Cave (Jiguan Cave)

Cockscomb Limestone Cave, aka Jiguan Cave, in Luoyang City was formed 60 million years ago and is a natural cave of limestone with a high value for archeology, scientific research and tourism. Since 1993, it was successively appraised as one of the 'Top Ten Scenic Spots in Henan Province', 'Top Ten Scenic Spots in Luoyang City', 'National 4A Grade Scenic Spots' and 'National Civilized Places of Interest'.

The climate is pleasant in Jiguan Cave with a constant temperature of 18°C (64°F) all the year round. Thus, it is warm in winter and especially cool in summer, hence the name 'Natural Air-conditioner'. The Cockscomb Limestone Cave is entitled 'the Number One Cave in Northland of China'.

Cockscomb Limestone Cave was discovered during the reign of Qianlong Emperor (1736-1796) in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). It was said that there were bats inside it and it seemed unanticipatedly deep and remote. Thus, it was veiled by a mysterious mask and people refrained from entering it. Now, it has finally been opened to the public, attracting guests from all over the world.

Eight Sections of Cockscomb Cave

The Jiguan Cave is 1,800 meters (5,900 feet) long and the area for sight-seeing is about 23,000 square meters (about 5.7 acres). It is divided into 8 sections respectively named Yuzhu Pond (jade column pond), Yicai Palace (multiple-colored palace), Diewei Palace (folded limestone palace), Shilin Lane (stone forest lane), Cangxiu Pavilion (hidden beauty pavilion), Dongtian River (the river winding up to the sky), Yaochi Palace (heavenly-pool palace) and Juxian Palace (faerie-gathering palace). The limestone shapes in the cave include stalactites, stalagmites, steles, limestone curtains, limestone waterfalls, limestone flowers, limestone shields, limestone music instruments, and limestone lotus ponds.

Inside the Cockscomb Limestone Cave, we can see the paths wind through high peaks, and the overall arrangement of the scenic spots is spacious and irregular. The stalactites are of different countenances and different gestures. You will find 'The Heavenly Dog Watching the Moon', 'The Divine Tortoise Ferrying the Celestial Old Man', 'The Dragon Enwinding the Jade Column' and others totaling 88 scenic spots of different structures.

The Heavenly Dog Watching the Moon

Let's return to the three scenic spots mentioned above. The most impressive one is 'The Heavenly Dog Watching the Moon', which is a limestone resembling a dog sitting on the edge of the cliff with a silver chaplet on its neck and is looking up to the limestone of moon shape above. It looks as if the dog is watching Chang'e (goddess in the moon) playing with her jade rabbit. What a beautiful story!

The Divine Tortoise Ferrying a Celestial Old Man

Next let's come to 'The Divine Tortoise Ferrying a Celestial Old Man', which describes a big tortoise composed of three limestone bricks ferrying a Celestial Old Man composed of a root of stalagmite who is fishing leisurely on the tortoise's back. It is impossible not to appreciate this wonderful artwork made by the nature.

The Dragon Enwinding the Jade Column

The third one is called 'The Dragon Enwinding the Jade Column', which is the highest and thickest stele in the Cockscomb Limestone Cave. Known as 'the Number One Stele in China', it wanders all along to the top layer of the cave. There are veins of squama glittering on the stele like a huge dragon enwinding on it, earning it its present name.

Some people say that the whole cave looks like a 'Dragon Palace under the Sea' and it is really worthy for you to pay a visit there. Come to the Cockscomb Limestone Cave and you will find yourself in a beautiful and gentle space of fairy tales!

How to get to Cockscomb Limestone Cave

Take bus to Luanchuan county from Luoyang Bus Station close to Luoyang Railway Station. It departs from 05:20 to 16:00. Bus fare is CNY 38. After arrival, change Luanchuan bus no. 4  or 6 to Jiguandong (Cockscomb Cave) Station.

Ticket Fare Cockscomb Limestone Cave CNY 80
Free for children under 1.4m (4.6 feet)
Telpher CNY 10 for a round trip;
CNY 7 (up the mountain);
CNY 5 (down the mountain).
Sightseeing Bus CNY 5 for a round trip;
CNY 4 (up the mountain);
CNY 2 (down the mountain).
Opening Hours 08:00 - 17:30
- Last updated on Oct. 18, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Cockscomb Limestone Cave (Jiguan Cave)
Asked by Sandra Farrer from UK | Mar. 04, 2018 17:34Reply
Accessibility for Jiguan Cave
I have mobility problems and wondered how easy/ difficult it would be for me to get around the caves? Are there lots of steps? Is it possible to see some areas in a wheelchair?
Thank you
Answers (2)
Answered by Eillen | Mar. 04, 2018 21:39

Oh, there are some steps, but the scenic area provides wheelchair rental service and you can still view some sites with flat roads.
Answered by Sandra Farrer from U.K. | Mar. 05, 2018 05:26

Thank you so much. I have a motorised scooter and am planning to get up the stairs at the Longmen grottoes on my Bum! I have been before and my big one regret was not going up to see the big Buddhas so coming back to China just to do that then staying locally to recover but now these caves are on my to do list.
Asked by ASHATAN1903 | Dec. 15, 2016 06:49Reply
Does it really take 3 hours by bus to get from Luoyang Bus station to the Cockscomb caves??
In this way, it means 6 hours travelling there and back! Is it worth it?
Answers (1)
Answered by Abbey from NEW ZEALAND | Dec. 16, 2016 01:04

Well, the distance is about 93 miles (150km). It takes about 3 hours by bus, or around 2 hours by car. The cave is quite intoxicating. It is well worth a visit. :)
Asked by Joanna from SINGAPORE | Jan. 03, 2016 21:34Reply
How long is the bus ride & how long to tour the area?

I am planning my trip in Luoyang. Would like to know the following:
- How long is the bus ride from Luoyang bus station to Luanchuan?
- What is the bus number to take?
- How do I purchase the bus tickets?
- How long does it take to tour the cave?
- What time does the last bus leave for Luoyang bus station from Luanchuan?

Appreciate your help!
Answers (1)
Answered by Ellen from FINLAND | Jan. 06, 2016 01:16

1. It takes around 3 hours on the way.
2. Actually, you don't need to make clear about the exact bus number. You can take it from Main Bus Station. The schedules are from 05:30 to 15:00 with the frequency of 40 to 60 mins.
3. The ticket fare is CNY 38 per person. You can just purchase the tickets when you arriving at the bus station.
4. You can spend 5 to 6 hours to visit those caves.
5. I remember that the last bus return to LY is at around 17:00.
Asked by Chu from SINGAPORE | Sep. 22, 2014 22:24Reply
How far is the Cockscomb Limestone Cave from Luoyang town center and how do i get there?
Answers (1)
Answered by Cissy from FINLAND | Sep. 23, 2014 01:06

It’s about 96 miles.

You can take a direct bus at LY Bus Station or Jinyuan Bus Station to Luanchuan County. Then just take a taxi to the scenic area directly.
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