Crown Cave in Guilin

Why is Crown Cave So Special?

From a distance, there is a hill shaped like a crown on the east bank of Lijiang River. Therefore, the cave below it is called Crown Cave, or Yan Guan in China. It is now the largest comprehensive scenic spot in Lijiang River. It was once called Ganyan Cave because of its sweet and clear spring water. It claims to be the longest sightseeing slide in the world, setting a new record according to Shanghai’s China record. As early as 1637, the famous Chinese traveler Xu Xiake visited the cave and described it in detail in his travel notes.

Where is Crown Cave

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.

Main Attraction of Crown Cave

Underground Karst Landscapes

Crown Cave is famous for all kinds of transportation that can be used for sightseeing. It takes about 40 minutes to walk from the entrance of the cave. Or you can take a sightseeing train to the hillside about 3.2 kilometers (2 miles) away. It is very interesting to drive alone through the idyllic sea.

On the hillside, an elevator descended into the cave. In the intricate labyrinth of caves, there are five caves spanning three layers. The stalactites, stalagmites and stone pillars inside will dazzle you with ever-changing colors and make you want to stay for a long time. Then you can take the tram to the palm hall on the second floor, where there is a large collection of stalactites. Of the four palm-shaped pillars, the tallest one is more than 50 meters (164 feet) and extends to the top of the cave. The “palm tree” is too thick and needs several people to hug it. Seeing this, tourists cannot help marveling at the magic power of nature. The third floor is an underground river, 1000 meters long (1090 yards) and 500 meters wide (546 yards). You can take a boat to experience the unique scenery of the river. After you landed, many other karst landscapes are waiting for you. Surprisingly, there are even waterfalls in the cave. Take the stone steps and you will reach the exit, where you can see the beautiful scenery of Lijiang River.

Xiangba Isle

Apart from the underground landscape in the cave, the scenic spots on the ground, such as Taoli Garden, Mount Olympus Garden and the cyprinid pond in the scenic spot, are all worth visiting. About 500 meters (164 yards) downstream of the Crown Cave Scenic Area lies the mysterious and beautiful Xiangba Island, formerly called Langzhou Island, which covers 33 hectares (82 acres). On the island, the first thing you see is all kinds of wooden masks. Cinnamomum camphora, grapefruit and peach trees grow in abundance on the island. In addition, you can also enjoy local folk dances, exquisite works of art and delicious local dishes and experience rich ethnic customs. Xiangba Island, opposite the river, is another interesting place on the Lijiang River, the lobelia, where a huge rock blocks the road between two villages on the same river bank. If time permits, you can visit on foot.

Best Time to Travel Crown Cave

The best travel time is April to October.

Guilin has a relatively low latitude. Belongs to the subtropical humid monsoon climate. Generally speaking, Guilin has a mild climate with distinct seasons and excellent climatic conditions. The annual average temperature is 19.3℃, which is said to be “less snow in three winters and flowers in four seasons”. When traveling to Guilin, the best season is from April to October each year, during which there will be two golden weeks of “may day” and “November”, which is also the peak period of tourism. Guilin with suitable climate will have many tourists, room reservation and transportation will also enter a climax, and the price will rise compared with usual. therefore, it is better to avoid this time and choose an off-season to travel and appreciate the beauty of the world.

How To Get  There

  • Guilin bus terminal has a bus directly to Crowne Plaza Hotel, which is located beside Guilin Railway Station on Zhongshan Road. This is a 40-minute drive.

Note: Lijiang River cruise ship passed through the cave, but did not stop. Therefore, to visit the crown cave, you need to take a bus from Guilin. Tourists often take a one-day tour here with the nearby Gudong Waterfall.

Useful Travel Tips

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.
Note: The fares for admission, elevator, tramcar, and boat are included.
Sightseeing Rail Car CNY30 for a single trip, and CNY60 for a round trip.
Free for children below 1.2m.
Opening Hours 8:30 – 16:30
Recommended Visit Time Two hours

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Edited by Doreen/张洋