Not far from Yingde, in the Guangdong region of China, is a veritable natural world wonder.Â Baojinggong, the Palace of Treasure and Crystal, is a marvelous point of interest that inspires awe.
Baojinggong is a massive mountain cave, furtive and elusive to track down. The cave has four levels, three of which are accessible to the public. If your travels carry you to the Guangdong region and you get anywhere near Yingde, or even as close as Qingyaun or Guangzhou, it is certainly worth going a bit out of your way to visit this incredible underground landmark.
The Timeless Beauty of Baojinggong
Nestled into the lush, mountainous hinterland, Baojinggong is one of nature’s most impressive works.Â Located inside ‘swallow rock’, guides recognize the cave by the lovely red characters painted by a skilled calligrapher over the entrance.
Stepping into the cavern is rather like entering a cathedral – certainly the rush of reverence is comparable. As you explore this magnificent grotto, you will undoubtedly appreciate how the passage of time can work and shape a particular place.Â Inside, youâ€™ll find forged stone implements on display that archaeologists have determined are more than 100,000 years old.Â The caves however, are much, much older.
There are seven halls within the cave system, that all told, span more than 20,000 square kilometres.Â Stalactites and stalagmites rise and fall, creating soaring geographic sculptures.Â Lights have been added to enhance the colors of the stone, making it seem as if you are in a room made of precious gems.Â Sapphires, emeralds, rubies, and topazes paint the limestone cavern, etching out a variety of images and pictures and enhancing the naturally sculptured walls.
The route visitors walk is about 1.5 kilometers (or just under 1 mile) long and contains more than 700 steps.Â Rivers and lakes ripple within the stone walls, carving out scenic areas that are sure to draw your attention.Â As you make your way through this rocky kingdom, you’ll discover sites with names like Tianchi Flying Falls, Leifengta Pagoda, and Nantong, which means ‘Warm Cave’.
The Yingde Area
Whether you’re staying Yingde, or in a Qingyuan or Guangzhou hotel, youâ€™ll find that there are many beautiful areas to explore in the surrounding countryside.Â If you’re ready for more cosmopolitan pleasures, those are available as well. Perhaps you’d like to visit one of the many excellent restaurants in the area, explore the museums, or take a moonlight boat ride on the Pearl River.
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Experience the exotic uniqueness of the Guangdong region to its fullest.Â Baojinggong, the Palace of Treasure and Crystal, is just one of the splendors found in this area of China. Hopefully, your stay will be long enough to allow you to discover many others.