Karst cave becomes Internet sensation

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  • Saturday, 28 Dec 2019

A wonder of nature: A tourist boat gliding through the Benxi Water Cave in the Northeast’s Liaoning province. — China Daily/ANN

Benxi Water Cave: A huge cave on the Taizi River in Liaoning province has become an Internet sensation thanks to snow and ice.

The 5km-long cave is one of the longest underground karst caves in China and mainly consists of two parts, shuidong (water cave) and handong (dry cave).

At the mouth of the cave lies a lake that never freezes in winter, even if the temperature drops to minus 20°C. The water vapours on the lake help to form the beautiful rime scenery when it snows.

The water cave’s reception hall is 1,000sq m wide, which could berth 40 boats. Tourists are strongly advised to dress warmly because the temperature keeps dropping as the boat goes deeper into the cave.

The oldest stalactite to date is a small stalagmite on the platform about 18m from the water surface on the right bank of Yuhuang Palace. Geology experts estimate that it is around 145,000 years old. — China Daily/ANN

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