Western Poyue Village.
On S208 between Fengshan and Bamo.
All year daily 8:30-17.
|Light:||Incandescent Electric Light System|
Main passage: H=80 m, W=70 m.
|Guided tours:||self guided, D=2.5 h. V=100,000/a|
|Address:||Baimo Cave, Bama Yao Autonomous County, Hechi, Guangxi, Tel: +86-, Fax: +86-,|
|As far as we know this information was accurate when it was published (see years in brackets), but may have changed since then.
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百魔洞 (Baimo Dong, Hundred Devil Cave) is the river cave of Panyang River. It crosses a series of connected karst towers in a huge cave passage. It is possible to enter the cave from the resurgence in the south and follow the cave river for some time. But the cave is a through cave and ends where the river enters the cave at the northern side. Here the river flows above ground only for 800 m, it springs from another resurgence in the next karst tower.
The passage has a slope on one side, which is full of rimstone pools. The pools fall dry but are revived when there is water flowing from periodic springs above during midsummer. The chinese tourists wade through the pools or float with boats.
One part of the cave is fenced off, and people sit on natural stone benches, in other words on the cave floor. This is the so-called Magnetic Therapy Area. In one of the neighbour towns there are the most old people in China, it is called the longevity town. Bama County has 96 people over the age of 100 among its 300,000 residents, and the most famous is 112-year-old Huang Ma Kun. This seems to be the big business in the area, and even the cave sells longevity and health. Some claim the area’s unnaturally high geomagnetism cause positive health effects while some studies claim that high geomagnetic levels are harmful to the body. And then there are the mysterious negative ions, which are oxygen atoms with one extra electron, and they are in abundance in the cave air. And finally the spring water contains important minerals and is sold everywhere. Obviously China is as superstitious as the rest of the world.