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Shuanglong Cave (Double-Dragon Cave) was named after two huge stalagmites right behind the cave entrance which look like dragon heads. The cliff face around the cave entrance is decorated with huge chinese characters reading Shuang Long Dong. The characters were presumably written by a scholar of the Tang Dynasty. On a wall inside is an inscription saying cave and sky, which is interpreted as the cave is a separate world with its own sky. It was created by Wu Lin, a calligrapher of the Song Dynasty. And finally there is a third inscription on the top of the cliff by Yu Youren, a 20th century calligrapher, saying 36th Cave.
The cave has two huge chambers separated by a wall of speleothems. The first chamber has a flat floor and ceiling, with 1,200m² it is big enough for 1,000 people. This chamber has a huge portal and is still influenced by the outside temperatures. The connection is called Frog's Mouth, a 3m wide and 12m long entrance passage. This passage is filled by the cave river to 30cm below the ceiling. The second chamber is entered by boat, the visitors have to lie down in the boat, with the ceilong only a few inches from their face. The cave behind the wall is in the dark zone of the cave with a constant temperature of 15°C. The cave river which flows through both chambers, leaves the cave at the entrance and fills a clear mountain lake in front of the cliff.
The second chamber has about 200m² and is full of speleothems, stalactites, stalagmites, and stalagnates. The Chinese way is to name them with phantastic names, and the visitors need a lot of creativity to see them in the shapes. We liked the names colored clouds chasing the moon, heavenly horses galloping in the sky, the sea turtle exploring the sea, and the golden rooster spreading its wings. This baroque names have some history, the Ming Dynasty explorer and adventurer Xu Xiake wrote about the cave: "a stone curtain hangs in the cave; by water and on foot, one can enjoy the wonders of the cave. And the light and shadow of the cave forms a unique scenery."
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