From bus routes to tour prices and places to stay, this post has everything you need to know about this infamous Chinese cave!
The Reed Flute Cave is a natural limestone cave situated in Guilin, a city in the province of Guangxi, China. It was allegedly discovered in 792 AD and has been one of the regions' most popular tourist destinations for the past 1200 years! The cave is lit in a variety of colours and the shadows produced on the textured cave walls are profound. Reed Flute Cave is definitely worth stopping by if you have some time and if you are in the area!
Begin your journey through this massive cave and enjoy the bright, colourful walls. Meander along the man made pathway and discover ancient stalagmites, just make sure you don't walk into any! At the start of the tour you will be grouped together with other tourists as well as a mandarin-speaking guide. The tour starts off in the dark caves, your guide will stop the group often to speak about the different elements found within the cave. Despite all of the beautiful lighting, the cave can get quite dark. So watch your step - and your head - as you're walking through the cave.
Eventually (about 5 minutes in) you will come to an open area and when you look up, you will see a vibrant assortment of colours as the cave ceiling becomes higher. Make sure that you stay here for a little while until you get the chance to see the light show display over a pond in the cave. The show depicts an elegant couple dancing to music and lasts about 20 minutes.
After the show, the tour ends at a maze-like gift shop that is full of fun trinkets, post cards and souvenirs. Spend some time exploring and pick up some cheap gifts to bring home.
The Reed Flute Cave is open 08:00-17:30 (Dec. – Mar.); 07:30 – 18:00 (Apr. – Nov.). We would recommend spending 1-2 hours in the Reed Flute Cave to ensure that you see everything the cave offers. make sure that you take some time to browse the gift shop at the end which has cool trinkets and postcards.
Reed Flute Cave is located at 1 Ludi Rd, Xiufeng Qu, Guilin Shi, Guangxi Zhuangzuzizhiqu, China, 541000. I know this address might seem overwhelming and confusing but getting there is actually quite simple. Depending on where you're leaving from, take the number 3 bus to the entrance of the cave. We started our adventure to the cave from Sky Palace Hostel. When in doubt, do what we did and show the bus driver a picture of Reed Flute Cave or show them this (芦笛岩) - don't worry that just says Reed Flute Cave in Mandarin. The bus drivers are usually pretty good at directing you to your destination! When you arrive at the parking lot for Reed Flute Cave you will likely come across a market full of produce and artisan crafts.
Bus Tip: The ticket fare is 1RMB/ride for normal buses, 2RMB/ride for air-conditioned buses and all the buses starting with “5” (for example, bus 58) are free.
A small entrance fee of 110 CNY (Adults 140+ cms tall), 55 CNY (Children from 120 – 140 cms tall), and FREE (Under 120 cms tall) is payable to the admission booth.
Where to Stay
Sky Palace Hostel - If you haven't booked a place to stay in Guilin yet, we do recommend that you stay at this hostel. The owners are friendly and speak English, and the rooms were very clean. This hostel boasted fun common areas where you can meet travellers from all over the world. The hostel is in a great location and is close to grocery stores and a bus stop. This hostel offers breakfast options, but it would be hard to make a vegan-friendly meal from anything being offered - besides the fruit.