Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Tenglong Cave. Must See Natural Wonder in Hubei China 腾龙洞

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During my trip to fascinating Hubei province in central China, I visited Tenglong Cave or 腾龙洞 which means "cave of the soaring dragon". Tenglong Cave was awarded by the China National Geographic magazine in 2005 "the most beautiful place in China" - an accolade well deserved 👏👏👏

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Tenglong cave is actually two caves - a "water cave" and a "dry cave".

Tenglong "water cave" is the source of the Qingjiang River.  

Qingjiang River runs into Tenglong cave as the "water cave" - an underground stream network 17 km long. Qingjiang River then re-emerges as a modest but pretty 20 metre high waterfall before continuing it's journey down river.

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We were here during the rainy season which starts in June. It was wet and the river below was swelling with rumbling, rushing water.

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To get to the "dry cave", we crossed the Qingjiang River via a small foot bridge as it emerges from the "water cave".

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The "dry cave" is adjacent to the "water cave" - the "water" and "dry" caves run side by side, separated by just a natural limestone wall. 

The entrance to the "dry cave" is a massive 75 metres high and 65 metres wide. It's so big, they once flew a helicopter inside 😱

The deep, dark gaping hole simply draws you in, eager to find out what is inside.

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Tenglong "dry cave" is the longest karst cave system in the world which runs inside for 60 km. It is huge inside.

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It is damp and quite chilly inside the cave with temperatures at around 16-18°C. Remember to bring a jacket for greater comfort. Wear a hat if you are bothered by drops of water dropping on your head occasionally 😄

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The cave's limestone walls still bear the marks of the sharp ice that sliced through here during the Ice Age eons ago. Many parts of the cave walls are wet.

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Walking about a kilometre deep into the dark cave takes us to a large theatre. Many tourists come here to watch the popular laser show. The cave is packed with people like a bus station at show time.

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It is a modern dance performance choreographed with dazzling colourful lasers and loud music blasting from large speaker boxes. Try to make your way to the front as much as possible - otherwise, you will be watching the show through others' handphone screens 😂 (The seats are not tiered.)

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Another theatre inside Tenglong Cave stages a variety show featuring Tujia hill tribe 土家族 folk songs and dances.

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It's a spectacle of traditional music, dance and beautiful colourful costumes.

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I marvel at the natural beautiful of Tenglong Cave and was awed by it's sheer scale. The natural Tenglong Cave is the part I enjoyed the most during my visit to this natural wonder - the reason why Tenglong Cave was awarded "the most beautiful place in China" by China Geographic Magazine in 2005.

Tenglong Cave is highly accessible as it is located just 7 km from Lichuan City in Hubei. When you are visiting Hubei, there is really no excuse to miss Tenglong Cave 😄



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Date: 11 Jun 2017

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