We went during shoulder season so prices may not be the same during prime season.
Located about 20 minutes away by car from Guilin city center. We reserved a taxi for our trip to and back from our hotel. The total trip took approximately 3 hours (to and back plus the actual time to visit the cave) Total cost of the trip was 50 RMB all in. Driver will take you to the entrance of the cave and wait for you at the parking lot down the hill. If you speak Chinese, you can telephone him to pick you up at the exit and save you the walk down the hill.
Ticket prices are 90 RMB per person for actual entry into the cave. There is a further 5 RMB entrance fee if you are interested in looking at a bale of turtles.
They will not allow you to enter the cave without a guide. A guide is free however do not expect someone to speak English. If you need a translator, you need to arrange this with a tour operator which will increase the cost.
If you are claustrophobic, this place is not for you.
If you hate dark, damp and humid places, this is not for you.
This place is not designed for the handicap and is very wheel chair UNFRIENDLY.
Make sure that children are properly supervised or you may lose your child. Steps are slippery and not well lighted.
The cave itself is well designed. The tour guide will go through the cave explaining what the major rock formations look like. ("golden fish looking down on you" "lion ready to pounce" "bumper crop of melons" etc) You do need an imagination (or be slightly inebriated) to actually see what they hope you see. After saying that, it is beautiful. What they have done is placed strategically black lights with colored lights that accent the different rock formations.
There is a side show. There is a 5 RMB fee to go and see turtles. It is fascinating and yet disheartening. A 1000 + year old turtle being lifted onto its stomach so that tourist can go and pet its head and touch his claws for a 5-20 RMB donation. It is cruel and heartless yet demanding of your attention. There are 4 different types of turtles on display.
At the end of the route, the guide will sing you a song. Its so Chinese that it is strangely beautiful and it does not feel like a farce.
If you have made the effort to come to Gulin, you need to come to this exhibit.