Tianyi Lane

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Location: Shaoyang City
Open: All year daily 7-18.
Fee: Adults CNY 50.
Classification: GorgeGorge SpeleologyFracture Cave
Dimension: L=238.8 m, H=120 m, W=0.8m
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Address: Tianyi Lane, Xinning County of Shaoyang City, Hunan Province, Tel: +86-, Fax: +86-,
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2004 renamed Tianyi Lane Scenic Spot.


Tianyi Lane is the common name of a spectacular geologic site. We think it is a wrong translation, but as it is commonly used we had to use it too.

The rocks around Tianyi Lane are crystalline rocks, very hard and resisting erosion quite well. There is no karstification and no caves, the forms of the rocks are typical for their chemistry. Huge pillars and beehive structures can be found, the surfaces are smooth and rounded. There is some collapse and talus around the foot of the impressive rocks. The landscape is really impressive and a famous tourist destination. The scenic spot was originally named Ox Nose Castle, because of the numerous ox nose shaped stone holes in the crag. In 2004 it was re-named after its most popular and impressive feature into Tianyi Lane Scenic Spot.

The big Ox Nose Castle rock was cut into two pieces by tectonic forces. The result is a cleft running almost vertical through the rock. The two pieces now tend to move apart, because erosion works on the base of the solitary rock and gravity pulls at the massive rock. The result is a widened fracture, with almost planar walls, about 80 cm apart. It runs through the rock for a length of 238 m and the walls are up to 120 m high. A trail was built at the floor of the crack.

So this is actually not a cave, it's a narrow gorge or slot canyon.