The Reed Flute Cave is a naturally carved cave in Guilin, China that got its name from the plethora of reeds growing outside that were made into flutes. Inside the cave there are lots of interesting rock shapes and formations that have been deemed to replicate various shapes and objects from mythological creatures, vegetables, to even the Statue of Liberty. The stalactites and stalagmites are the stars of the show. Every rock is a unique form and the overall effect is breathtaking.
In order to best display these rock formations as true works of art, the cave is expertly lit in a rainbow of colors from different angles to highlight the shapes and textures. The lighting is said to be almost as much of an artistic expression as the rock formations and both parts dance elegantly together to create a wonderful effect. The cave tours are dramatic and you can experience the wonders of modern technology and lighting in a cave that is said to be millions of years old.
The tour guides at the Reed Flute Cave are experts at their craft and the tours are specifically choreographed to travel along with the light show as visitors pass. Although, some tourists prefer to take it all in on their own and ask to walk alone, without a guide. Sometimes the creative mind can decode the cave independently and it can have an even stronger impact to discover shapes and images without prior prompting. No matter with whom you visit the cave you’ll find raw, beautiful rocks in an open, craggy cave to be a true art piece formed by a greater power. Together with the lights to craft sharp images and highlight awesome features, it’s sure to knock the wind out of you in all its beauty.
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