Reed Flute Cave is one of China’s signature natural attractions. Named for the reeds which grow outside of its entrance (and which are used to make flutes), it is China’s best known and most visited cave systems. It is known, among other things, for its spectacular underground lake, as well as a small role it played during World War II.
It is uncertain how long ago Reed Flute Cave was first discovered. However, graffiti on the wall reflects at least seventy visitors dating back as far as the 8th century. The cave system was forgotten for a long period, only to be rediscovered during the Japanese occupation of China sometime around 1940, when it was used as a hiding place for Chinese nationals.
Reed Flute Cave, while not particularly large, is packed with a variety of amazing rock formations. Many of the walls are covered with the aforementioned inscriptions describing previous visits. The bottom of the cave system is covered by a large lake illuminated for a dazzling effect.
Reed Flute Cave is not extensive, at least not the areas open to the public, and makes an easy day trip. In addition to its lake, it is famous for the rainbow of lights that illuminate its every square inch like an underground fairyland (some find this beautiful, others garish). Web: N/A.