Jiuxiang Scenic Region
Jiuxiang is one of the most
beautiful scenic spots near Kunming and is home
to striking natural landscapes, magnificent
underground scenery, and enchanting ethnic folk
customs. It is inhabited mainly by the Yi and
Hui nationalities, and is situated in northeastern
part of Yiliang County, 90 kilometers (55 miles)
from downtown Kunming and 22 kilometers (14
miles) north of the Stone Forest.
Jiuxiang is praised as the
"Home of Karst caves". Altogether,
there are "only" 100 caves in the
area, the local saying goes, "If one spent
his entire life counting the caves in Jiuxiang
he may not finish the job". Among the caves
are numerous natural bridges, valleys, rivers
and waterfalls, making up an almost fantasy
like subterranean world.
The karst caves in Juxiang
were formed over a long period of time by the
intermittent movement of the earth 's crust.
This movement created the 'pre-history wonders'
found in the area. These wonders include a variety
of hydrological and geological phenomena such
as ancient micro-biological fossils, curved
stones, caves with whirlpools inside, stereoscopic
caves, and multi-layered caves. Among these
natural marvels are some of the rarest and unique
features of their kind in China or the world.
With a total area of about
200 square kilometers (77 square miles), it
consists of five major scenic spots: the Triangular
Caves, the Overlapping Rainbow Bridge, the Upper
Big Cave, the Long Sandy Bank and the Bright
Moon Lake. The most outstanding of these sights
is Overlapping Rainbow Bridge whose construction
has already been finished and is open to the
The caves are not only ideal
tourist attractions, but are also valuable for
scientific studies and in-cave adventure activities.
It is not surprising that Jiuxiang is praised
by experts as the "Mysterious Heritage
of the Earth".