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Shuiyuan Cave
(shuǐ yuán dòng 水源洞), also called Ling Cave (líng dòng 灵洞) in the Qing Dynasty (qīng cháo 清朝), is located at the foot of Baihua Mountain (bǎi huā shān 百花山), which is 1 kilometers away from Lingyun County (líng yún xiàn 凌云县) in Baise City (bǎi sè shì 百色市). It is the famous karst sites and Buddhist attractions in Lingyun.

Shuiyuan CaveAs early as in the reign of Emperor Kangxi (kāng xī 康熙) of Qing Dynasty (qīng cháo 清朝), there were temples in the hall of the cave, which were consummated during the reign of Emperor Qianlong (qián long 乾隆). The temple at present was the one reconstructed in 2003, and named as Wenxin Temple (wèn xīn miào 问心庙).

The entrance of the cave is more than 30 meters wide and 30 meters high. Shuiyuan Cave can be Shuiyuan Cavedivided into two parts, namely, the inner part and the outer part. In the inner part, there is a wide hall which is 38 meters wide, 20.8 meters high, covering an area of 22000 square meters. On the cliff of the entrance, there are four Chinese characters “第一洞天"(dì yī dòng tiān) carved in the Qing Dynasty by an official Wang Yude (wáng yù dé 王玉德). On the walls around the hall, there are the inscriptions, couplets, and poems written by the litterateurs and calligraphers in the Ming and Qing dynasties. It is the place where the ancient stone inscriptions are best preserved and exhibits the history of the Lingyu. On the upper place of the hall, there consecrate the Guanyin (guān yīn 观音) and Buddha. Every day, there are lots of pilgrims come here. In the deep part of cave, there are various stalactites, all are in different shapes. The whole cave is 500 meters long. In the ground there is an underground river, which is the origin of the Chengbi River (chéng bì hé 澄碧河), and thus regarded as the father of the Chengbi River (chéng bì hé zhī fù 澄碧河之父).

Outside the cave, there are two dykes, on which there are willows and ancient banyans. The two arched stone bridges make the river much more graceful. In the river, fish are swimming, and on the bank, birds are singing, which are tranquil and cozy.

Shuiyuan Cave
Location: 1 kilometers away from northeast Lingyun County
Admission fee: CNY 30
Opening hours: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 pm.
Transportation: you can take bus in Baise City to Lingyun County, and then take a walk for about 20 minutes, you will get to Shuiyuan Cave
 

 

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