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JonasCN
Singapore, Singapore4,051 contributions
Dec 2019
The Silver Cave is the largest karst cave in Guilin. The cave requires a bit of imagination to enjoy the experience. Before you enter the cave, you will be given an audio electronic recorder and earpiece that will alert you of each landmark when you enter the cave. There are both English and Chinese audio electronic guides. These recorder will be collected at the end of the trail. You will need to pay a fine if you lose it so do take care of it. Once you enter the cave, you will walk past various checkpoints. There is only 1 route so you will not get lost. The whole route is around 1 hour to 1.5 hours depending on your pace and times you stop to take photo. You can factor around 2 hours including the shopping time outside the cave. Each checkpoint will ask you to look up, left or right at a formation. You need a bit of imagination, as the recorder will claim that the structure is the shape of a religious monument, mythical being or an animal. To enjoy the experience, you need to forget you are an adult and visualise it like how a kid will to enjoy the experience. Otherwise you will be bored quickly. Along the way, there are photographers who will take free shots of you that will then be charged if you like to buy the photos later. At the end of the trail, you will also visit a row of shops selling Buddhist symbols, herbs or local Guilin products. There will also be salesmen trying to convince you to buy photos with frames that they will charge a premium for. It is a highly commercial experience but entertaining if you imagine the structures like how a kid will.

One more note is that you need to take good care of your health during winter. I went there in December at 9 degrees in the morning. It is cold outside during winter but warm in the cave. If you take off your jacket during the visit, do put in on before you leave the cave. This is to avoid catching a cold while you loosely dressed and sweating in the cave.
Written April 18, 2020
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Raul P
Seattle, WA259 contributions
Oct 2019
You can left alone as the last of things to do. I have visit caves in USA and in South East Asia (Hang En included), so the bar is high for me. But, If you don't have a point of comparison, this cave is worth the time once in the area.

It's the most visited cave by world leaders as a reference, not that you might mind. And its multicolor light displays might be set for other cultures' taste. But better do not let pass the chance when having time to kill.

It doesn't require a guided tour with plenty of transportation available to reach the cave and other places in the area, and tour guides around coming with groups. The entrance's ticket is not cheap in comparison to other atractions so keep that in mind.

You are not obligated to do it in a certain time, with two hours is plenty to even rest inside having an snack sitting in the main cave that serves as standing auditorium (few sitting spots are available) to watch a video recording using the ceiling walls as the screen.

You can make some time for yourself letting the guided tours to move on, staying behind, but using the others staying behind like you as reference on your photos as the colorful set ups could be overwhelming to make sense without the human figure around to help in your takes.

Due its colorful displays, photography could be challenging with better video recording the experience (with the chance to still shooting pictures in the process as a plus).
Written January 1, 2020
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rosegrove77
Beijing, China268 contributions
Apr 2021 • Family
We went as a rainy day activity. It was OK. Impressive caves and formations but a bit tacky with the coloured lights and tat shops midway round. The best thing about this visit was discovering the the Ruyi Peak cable car on the way back. We stopped off there - now that’s an attraction! Suspension bridges, glass walk ways and views to die for, even in poor weather.
Written April 9, 2021
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Best food best hotel
Hong Kong, China4,215 contributions
May 2019
We came here to visit. The cave is easy to walk around and do not require much climbing . It’s big and we spend around 1hour15 mins inside the cave . Not many tourists come here. So it’s comfortable to walk around and easy to get a nice photo here. I did not expect much here. Knowing it is not Five A grade cave so we did not expect much . It’s not disappointing and It’s clean too . If u have enough time , come here and its worth a visit
Written May 13, 2019
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KodoDrummer
Yekaterinburg, Russia64,085 contributions
Feb 2019 • Friends
Our world of nature creates the most beautiful scenery. The Silver Cave (also known as Yinzi Cave)is an excellent example. It goes through twelve mountain peaks. Its various types of stalactite formations were created over the ages and during different geologic periods. The main portion of the cave is over ten kilometres in length. The Silver Cave of Yangshuo is about 410 kilometres northwest of Guangzhou and 82 kilometres from Guilin. Since there are no non-stop flights, the driving time is similar to the end to end flight travel time.
Written February 11, 2019
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Windixon
Toronto55 contributions
I am surprised that this stunning cave is seldom mentioned in English language books and websites about Gulin/Yangshuo. Silver Cave is the preferred destination of Chinese tourists over the Reed Flute Cave. To be honest, taking five hours to visit a cave is an offbeat pursuit, but my wife and I are nature geeks, and we thoroughly enjoyed it. However, the cave is big, and it is a bit taxing after a full day of other tours.

As mentioned in other reviews, it is easy to book a tour to this cave through any of the tour companies in Yangshuo.

Just a few points to consider:

- the cave is layered, and you will have to climb (often by stairs) 26 flights before you exit. I noticed a number of elderly (and severely out of shape) people struggling by the end of the tour. I saw some style’n Chinese women in heels. Sensible shoes are a must!

- in peak tourist season, the cave is inundated with tour groups. I would bet our group joined a crowd of 750 people waiting to get in. In fairness, the operators were fairly efficient in getting the groups through, but we still had to bake in the sun for about half an hour.

- when we entered the cave, we were put in a group of about 60 people. The group was so large and loud, that it was generally impossible to hear the mandarin speaking tour leader through her tiny P.A. system. We were able to break away from the group and walk through the cave ourselves.

- it is a cave, so some of the walkways are VERY narrow and restrictive. The cave is cool and the paths are wet. Sensible shoes are a must!
Written August 8, 2010
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katieqd
Kohler, WI183 contributions
Mar 2019 • Family
Very interesting to see the cavernous insides of the karts/mountains. One cannot imagine the extent of the caves...they seemed to just keep going and going. Was impressive how each area was highlighted with colored lighting and given a name reminiscent of the formation. I’ve never experienced such a production in a cave. Quite Disney esc. There were a few kitchy moments like the forced photo op. We simply kept moving and ignored them. Also there’s the setup where you have to exit through the gift shop; which we blast through and ignore.
Written April 6, 2019
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LoSz
Kriens, Switzerland57 contributions
Dec 2018 • Family
You can get to the cave by bus from YangShuo city bus station (not FengMing Tourist Center). The bus cost 15 RMB per Person for a one-way ticket. The bus will take you either to the entrance to the cave or to a road crossing from where you can walk there in 10 mins.
You find the picture of our tickets and if you show this at te bus station as your destination ('Wo yao qu ze li'), they should sell you the right ticket at the bus station booth (don't buy it on the bus or from anybody else: on the way back, the ticket lady on the bus didn't give us a receit and made us transfer the money on WeChat to her private account!!! But if we don't agree, we would be stuck there.).
The entrance fee to the cave was 65 RMB and tyou get an audio guide in english.
The walk through the cave took around 50 mins and the cave was quite impressive. It's quite warm and very moist, so dress accordingly.
In peak season, I can imagine there are huge lines to get in (seems like it from the infrastructure they have).
Written December 24, 2018
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Ogige
Crema, Italy220 contributions
May 2017 • Couples
It's the first time I judge a cave as terrible. Though this could have been beautiful in the past, It's almost half destroyed for the sake of money and tourism.
Stalattiti cut off to enlarge the walk and people allowed to touch -hence damage -them. Disco lights everywhere increase the cave temperature to the further damage of its natural beauty, but don't worry they planted fans everywhere.
A headset guide that says nothing about the cave and all about what rock looks like (a tree a Buddha etc)

The worst things were the picture stands with advertisers yelling through a loud speaker and the markets selling the cheapest kitsch objects ever. In a cave.

You can enjoy the hammering of the work in progress.

If you are the type of person who loves going to sharm el sheik to steal a piece of coral from the beach you could probably get yourself a stalattite from here.

Advertisements everywhere. Noisy ugly cheap. Poor cave.

I run out.
Written May 23, 2017
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lucien_guesthouse
Yuanyang County, China4 contributions
Sep 2014
We rented bikes for the day and followed an inaccurately scaled map to Silver Cave. It took us 2 hours with a none gear bike (bring plenty of water if the weather is still hot).

The cave has a 65 yuan entrance fee which we found a bit expensive for this type of attraction but many of the things in YangShuo are pricey unless you are a Chinese citizen (then you can use Dian Ping and tuan gou everything).

The cave was really nice inside. The temperature was cool and all the formations are lit up in spectacular colors. I guess this time of year it isn't busy season so we could wander the cave on our own. No crowds!! There is also a Chinese tour guide to explain things but I couldn't understand anything she said.

They allow you to enter about every 15 minutes to control the crowds.

You can eat the Guilin rice noodle outside for 8 yuan a bowl.
Written September 12, 2014
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