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Jiuxiang Scenic Region

Jiuxiang Scenic Region
Jiuxiang Scenic Region
Jiuxiang Scenic Region

Among the scenic sites specializing in karst landscape, Jiuxiang scenic area is the closest one from Kunming, the capital of Yunnan province. In the scenic area, there are over 100 karst caves of different Sizes, and Jiuxiang is confirmed to be the biggest cave clusters in China with the greatest number of caves and most wonderful in-cave scenic. The cave clusters are listed as one of the national-level key scenic areas.

Jiuxiang scenic area is located in jiuxiang township which is inhabited by the Yi and Hui ethnic groups of Yiliang County of Knming municipality. The scenic area is only 90 kilometers from provincial capital Kunming.

Jiuxiamg is the habitat to the aboriginal Yi ethnic people for many generations. The scenic site covers a total area of 172 square kilometers, in which are enchantingly beautiful natural landscape, magnificent underground scenery, long-standing humanistic scenes and intense ethnic folk customs. Legendary tales say that the karst coves in Jiuxiang were originally gold pearls, which were the royal gifts made and presented by the Heavenly Emperor Yuhuang to congratulate the 1,000th birtheday of Mother Goddess Xiwangmu. At the royal banquet, all the heavenly immortals vied to see and play With the precious pearls. The gold string threading the pearls were accidentally broken, and the gold Pearls fell from the heaven to earth, and turned into the Jiuxiang caves of different size , while the gold string turned into the Maitian River which meanders through the caves.

In fact, Jiuxiang krast caves were developed in the ancient dolomite 600 million years ago. Altogether, there are over 100 caves in the area. ,and Jiuxiang is praised as the "Home of Karst caves". The local saying goes, "There are so many caves in Jiuxiang that people can hardly finish counting them in their lifetime ". From this visitors get to know the great number and grandeur of the Jiuxiang caves.

Jiuxiang scenic area could be divided into 5 scenic sites which are listed as the following: The Rainbow Bridge , the Sanjiao cave ,Dashaba, Alulong and the Moon Lake. Up to the present, only the Rainbow Bridge scenic site has been developed for tourism purposes, while the rest 4 sites are still awaiting for future development.

The developed Rainbow scenic site includes the following 10 major scenes: the Yincui Gorge, the Soul-Stirring Gorge, the Ancient River meandering through the cave, the Lion Hall, the Fairy's Palace, the Twin Waterfalls, the Fairy's Paddy Fields, Village of the Yi Ethnic people, the Up-Side-Down Underground Stone Forest and the Tourist Cable Way.

Because of the immense dimension, unrivalled splendor, complete types diversified styles,Jiuxiang is praised as the "Museum of Karst Caves". The caves are not only ideal tourist attractions, but also valuable assets for scientific studies and in-cave adventure activities . It is ont surprising that Jiuxiang is praised by experts as the "Mysterious Heritage of the Earth"

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