Shihua (Stone Flower) Cave in Beijing
Stone Flower Cave is known as the "underground pearl of Beijing". It is composed of spectacular stalactites, stalagmites, curtains and flowers, so it is famous for its multi-layer karst cave. A cave made of limestone is 10 to 20 meters high and 4 to 30 meters wide.
English Name: Stone Flower Cave in Beijing
Chinese Name: 北京石花洞
Attraction Type: Beijing Attraction, Nature, Cave
Best Time to Visit: Whole year
Recommended Visiting Time: about 2-3 hours
Admission Fee: CNY70
Address in English: Fangshan District, Beijing
Address in Chinese: 北京市房山区
Why is Stone Flower Cave in Beijing so Special?
Stone Flower Cave is known as the “underground pearl of Beijing”. It is composed of spectacular stalactites, stalagmites, curtains and flowers, so it is famous for its multi-layer karst cave. A cave made of limestone is 10 to 20 meters high and 4 to 30 meters wide. So far, its 7 layers have been explored. Only 4 layers are open to the public. The first to the sixth layers are scenic areas. The seventh layer is an underground river On the first floor, there is a lotus-shaped swimming pool, three huge halls, a long corridor, and a cave. There is a smaller cave in it, where you can enjoy the structure related to its name. In order to keep the temperature, the temperature of the cave remains the same throughout the year, and it will not be too hot or too cold at about 16 ℃ (55.4F).
Where is Stone Flower Cave in Beijing?
The Stone Flower Cave is located in Fangshan District, about 60 kilometers southwest of Beijing.
How to Get There?
- Take Subway Line 9 and transfer to Fangshan Line at Guogongzhuang, and then get off at Liangxiang Nanguan. After leaving from Exit A1, walk west for 3 minutes and turn north. Walk for 2 more minutes to Liangxiang Nanguan Xi Bus Stop. Then take Bus Fang 43 to Shihuadong (Stone Flower Cave).
- Take Bus No. 836 or 917 from Tianqiao Bus Station to Yancun and then change to Bus Fang 43.
Highlights of Stone Flower Cave
Originally known as Qianzhen or Shifo cave, it was named by Yuan Guang, a monk of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Since then, it has a famous area of about 1.8 hectares. It is a multi-layer karst cave with seven layers. The first to sixth layers are scenic spots. The seventh layer is an underground river. There are twelve huge “halls” connected with numerous narrow channels, sixteen “rooms” and 71 different sizes and shapes“ Branch Cave “.
Silver Fox Cave
Silver Fox Cave was discovered by coal miners in 1991. Its name comes from the unique and wonderful formation of a 6.6-foot-long fox shaped cat head stalactite. It is the first time in the world that the cave has a depth of more than 100 meters and an annual average temperature of 13 ° C. It is very suitable for visiting in the hot summer season. It is the largest water-soluble cave in northern China, with a clear underground sea view and a boat tour.
Useful Travel Tips
- Admission Fee: CNY 70
- Opening Hours: 8:30-17:00