|Location:||8km southwest of Linyi City, Yishui County, Shandong Province.|
All year daily 7:30-17:30.
Longer hours during the golden weeks.
|Classification:||Karst cave River cave|
|Address:||Yishui Underground Grand Canyon, Tel: +86-539-2558888, Fax: +86-539-2559999, Fax: +86-539-2558888,|
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The Yishui Underground Grand Canyon is a river cave, with its canyon like river passage well developed for more than three kilometers. The tour includes a walk through rice fields, canyon passages, and fossil passages with numerous speleothems. The visit to the little theme park around the cave takes about five hours and also includes a ride in a small railway through sculpted landscapes and in an inflatable boat through dark river passages. The Chinese have been very busy to develop this cave, they identified over one hundred scenic spots along the trail and named them as One River, Five Passes, Six Waterfalls, Nine Spring, Nine Palaces, and Twelve Gorges. We still wonder in Nine Spring means, that there are nne springs or if it is the nith spot, which is a spring. The whole cave has been lit with light in all possible colours, except probably white. Actually the overwhelming and baroque attack of kitsch hits westerners brutally, if they are not already used to it.
The theme park at Yishui Underground Grand Canyon is the property of the entrepreneur Zhang Shanjiu, the local magnate. He leased it in 2004 for 60 years from the officials. As a result of the development and advertisement he had 670,000 visitors last year . The company which manages the cave is listed in the United States, which seems to be a prestige thing. Zhang Shanjiu said in an interview "For entrepreneurs, going public gives them a sense of recognition. For employees, going public gives them a sense of achievement." However, its actually not possible to list a chinese company in the United States, so they did it with help from the United States through a reverse merger in 2010. This practice had recently been used for manipulation of the stock market and has come under scrutiny. However, while the company has not been accused of accounting problems and has not been implicated in any wrongdoing some pubic attention was given to the labyrinthine link between Longkong and the U.S. stock market. Probably a publicity which was hoped for.