Yellow Dragon Cave

Yellow Dragon Cave, also known as Huanglongdong in Chinese, is a typical karst cave in the east of Suoxi Valley Nature Reserve in Zhangjiajie. It has a total area of 100,000 square meters (120,000 square yards), a total length of 7,640 meters (8355 yards) with a maximum vertical height of 140 meters (150 yards). Huanglongdong has four floors containing a reservoir, two underground rivers, three underground waterfalls, four pools, thirteen halls and ninety-six entryways to the inside.

The tour route inside the cave is 3,200 meters(3,500 yards) long, including more than 800 meters (875 yards) of water route. Due to the large scale and rich varieties of stalactites, stone columns, stalagmites, stone flowers and more inside the cave, Yellow Dragon Cave is praised as the “All-around Champion Karst Cave in the World”.

Yellow Dragon Cave, ZhangjiajieDragon Palace - The Largest and Oldest Cave in Yellow Dragon Cave

It has a base area of 15,000 square meters (18,000 square yards) and an average height of 40 meters (44 yards). There are more than two thousand stalagmites in various poses and stone columns in the Dragon Palace. Among them, there are around 500 stalagmites above 1 meter (1.1 yards), and the distribution density of stalagmites is 0.12 per square meter. 

In the Dragon Palace, there is the“Magic Cudgel”, a stalagmite with a height of 19.2 meters (20.9 yards). It is estimated that it takes at least 200,000 years for this stalagmite to grow to such a high level. Its shape is very strange: thick at two ends and thin in the middle, and the thinnest part is only 0.1 meter (0.11 yard) in diameter.

Xiangshui River - An Underground River in 2F of Yellow Dragon Cave

It has a total length of 2,820 meters (3084 yards), an average water depth of 6 meters (6.6 yards), a maximum depth of 12 meters (13 yards), and a water temperature of around 16°C (61°F) all year round. It is an ideal living environment for the rare animal giant salamander in China.

Labyrinth - Essence of Yellow Dragon Cave

Located on the first floor, Labyrinth with an area of around 1,600 square meters (1,900 square yards) has many types of stalactites in the cave. The stalactites, stalagmites, stone columns, helictites, stone flowers, peatlites, madrepores in the cave are exquisite. In addition, there are sonorant stones, underground waterfalls, and even hills in the cave.

Yellow Dragon Cave, ZhangjiajieTianxian Waterfall

Tianxian Waterfall was formed by the three largest springs in Huanglong Cave. The waterfalls fall from a 30-meter-high (33 yards) honeycomb-shaped grotto and form a beautiful waterfall spectacle.

In addition to the above mentioned, there are many other areas worth seeing in the Yellow Dragon Cave, like“the Loess Plateau”with a large area of stone waterfall, Huaguo Hill famous for small water-drop like stones, Tianzhu Street known for the longest stone bridge in China’s sightseeing karst caves and more.

 Kind Reminder:
Since the temperature inside the Yellow Dragon Cave is lower than the outside, it is recommended to bring some thick clothes.

How to Get to Yellow Dragon Cave

1. There are many tourist buses that depart from Zhangjiajie Central Bus Station which is near Zhangjiajie Railway Station to Wulingyuan Scenic Area every a few minutes. The journey takes around 50 minutes and the fee is about CNY 12. Upon arrival, change to the sightseeing bus shuttling inside the scenic area to get there.
2. Tourists can take Wulingyuan city bus line 1 to arrive at Yellow Dragon Cave.
Admission Fee Combo Ticket March-November: CNY 225 for adults, CNY 160 for children between 1.3-1.5 meters (1.4 - 1.6 yards);
December to February: CNY 115 for adults, CNY 85 for children between 1.3-1.5 meters;
Free entry for children below 1.3 meters but CNY 65 for the battery-powered car.

1.The Combo Ticket includes Suoxiyu Nature Reserve, Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Tianzi Mountain Natural Reserve, Yangjiajie Scenic Area and free battery-powered cars that ride inside and between these scenic spots.
2. The ticket is valid for 3 days from March to November and 4 days from December to next February.
3. Visitors need to pay additional CNY 3 for insurance.
Single Site Ticket  CNY 100 for an adult.
Free for children below 1.3 meters (1.4 yards).
Labyrinth: additional charge of CNY 15. 

Note: Visitors need to pay additional CNY 3 for insurance.
Opening Time  08:00-17:00 from April 1st to October 15th
08:30-17:00 from October 16th to March 31st
Suggested Visiting Time  2-3 hours
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- Last updated on Nov. 14, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Yellow Dragon Cave
Asked by Jin from USA | Nov. 11, 2019 22:56Reply
Is it ideal to come here (Yellow Dragon Cave) after Glass Bridge & Grand Canyon?
My plan was to visit the Glass Bridge and Grand Canyon up north and come down here to check this cave out.

Is it advise to do these two destination on the same day since after many researches, glass bridge takes about two hours follow with Grand Canyon?
Answers (1)
Answered by Kate from CANADA | Nov. 14, 2019 17:48

It is doable. Have a great trip!
Asked by Luana Campos from BRAZIL | Nov. 01, 2019 12:58Reply
How to get there from Zhangjiajie grand canyon?
Answers (1)
Answered by Benny from UNITED KINGDOM | Nov. 04, 2019 19:39

You can take direct bus to Wulingyuan Coach station and get off at Yellow dragon cave station.
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