Nine-dragon Cave Scenic Area in Tongren
Jiulong Cave is located on Guanyin Mountain in the eastern part of Tongren City. It is a large natural karst cave. The various stalactites in the cave are spectacularly beautiful. According to legend, there were six yellow dragons who, in ancient times, invited three green dragons from the Jinjiang River to come with them for a gathering at the cave. When the nine dragons were all together in the cave, they saw that it was like a wonderland and decided to make the cave their home. When the dawn came, none of the dragons wanted to go back to their original homes. Instead, they lay down on the giant columns at the back of the cave and never left. This is how "Nine Dragon Cave" got its name.
English Name: Nine-dragon Cave Scenic Area in Tongren
Chinese name: 九龙洞景区
Admission Fee: CNY 90
Opening Hours: 08:00 to 18:00
Recommended Visiting Time: Two hours
Address: Guanyin Hill, Bijiang District, Tongren City, Guizhou Province
Nine-dragon Cave Scenic Area
Jiulong Cave (Nine-Dragon Cave) is located inside Guaiyin Mountain on the east bank of Malong Stream. It is located in the homonymous Nine-Dragon Cave Scenic Area, which also has the sights of Jing River Valley, the Jing River Reservoir and some other caves such as Huangla, Qingming and Tian’e. Nine-Dragon Cave is situated on the slope of the Kwan-yin Hill on the right bank of the Malong Creek (Scolding Dragon Creek).
Why is Jiulong Cave So Special
With superior natural conditions and comfortable climate, the Nine-Dragon Cave Scenic Spot is a large natural dissolved cave with many natural and cultural tour sights dotted everywhere. Inside the cave, stalactites and stalagmites stand in great number. Those multicolored and crystal clear stalactites have various kinds of shape including the stone flower, stone bird, stone curtain and other stone animals. All of them are vividly placed in the cave. There also have dozens of stalactite stelae with a height over 20 meters. The biggest one even reaches a height of 39.98 meter and has a diameter about 16.4 meter. It is the highest stalactite stele in China and the second in the world by now. Along with the beautiful Jinjiang scenery, Dongshan Temple and the Ancient Complex of the Ming and Qing Dynasty, the Nine-Dragon Cave Scenic Spot is a famous tourist attraction and summer resort with great esthetics value in Guizhou province.
Introduction of Nine-dragon Cave Scenic Area
Jiulong Cave is a famous scenic spot in Guizhou and composes of many tourist attractions including the Guanyin Mountain, the Lotus Temple, the Nine-Dragon Cave, the Shishan Cave, the Jingjiang River and other scenic sites.
Jiulong Cave has a huge entrance portal, some 70m wide and 5om high. Inside the passage becomes even bigger, the widest point is about 100m wide. Actually most of the stalagmites were named after animals or landscapes. There are peacocks, lions, camels, monkeys, whelks, and sea turtles. Others resemble clouds, waterfalls, or flowers.
- Liantai Peak
Liantai Peak at Kwan-Yin Hill in the Jing River Valley and the Jing River Reservoir are also worth a visit. The Lotus Temple, Jade Emperor Hall and Kwan-Yin Hall were built at the peak. The Lotus Temple is very famous in Guizhou. One is able to appreciate the beautiful scenery on the banks of the reservoir too.
- Liulongshan Zhuhai (Sea of Bamboo) Park
The park lies to the southeast of Tongren adjacent to Liulongshan Village. It is a natural park boasting of a sea of bamboo. There are many trees and a variety of wild animals in the park, which make it a tourist attraction in summer as well as winter. When winter comes, the park becomes an immense and very beautiful snow-white bamboo sea. The well-known Nine-dragon Cave Scenic Area is in this park.
What to see
Nine-Dragon Cave Scenic Area has a pleasant climate with upright hills, verdant forests and crystal creeks. It mainly includes many scenic spots such as the resplendent Nine-dragon Caves Scenic Spot, the grand Jinjiang Gorge and the meandering Jinjiang Reservoir Area near the town of Yangtou, etc.
The cave is named after a legend. Six yellow dragons once lived on the hill. One day they invited three black dragons from the Jing River. When they visited the cave together, they were fascinated by the beauty and decided to live there. But each one wanted the cave for himself, so they started quarreling with each other. They were squabbling until daybreak when they became tired. They climbed on the stalagmites where they became stone and are still visible today.
How to Get There
- Catch a bus (Tongren to Yangtou Town) at the North Bus Station and alight at the Nine-Dragon Cave. Then walk about 100 meters (328 feet) on your right to take a ferry to the opposite bank.
- Take the boat at the West Gate Bridge in Tongren to the scenic area.
Main Attractions in Guizhou
- Wumeng Grassland in Panzhou City
- Shiqian Hot Spring in Tongren
- Leigongshan Nature Reserve
- Suoga Long Horn Miao Ethnic Group Scenic Area
- Yushe National Forest Park in Shuicheng County
- Wumeng Mountain National Geopark
- Maotai Town
- Chishui National Scenic Zone
- Jiucaiping in Bijie
- Zunyi Meeting Site
- Daqikong Scenic Area in Libo County
- Caohai Lake in Bijie
- Baili Azalea Forest Park in Bijie
Edited by Lynette Fu/付云锐