巴马洞天福地

Bā mǎ dòngtiānfúdì - Bamadongtianfudi - Bama Cave


Useful Information

Location: Ren Village, Jiazhuan Township, Bama Yao Autonomous County.
Open: All year daily 8:30-17.
[2020]
Fee: Adults CNY 128, Students CNY 68, Seniors CNY 68.
[2020]
Classification: SpeleologyKarst cave
Light: electric
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Address: Bā mǎ dòngtiānfúdì, Yantong Tun, Renjiao Village, Jiazhuan Township, Bama Yao Autonomous County, Hechi City, Tel: +86-778-6219333, Tel: +86-778-6229888.
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History

2015 developed by the Guangxi Bama Tomorrow Tourism Industry Development Co., Ltd.
2018 opened to the public.

Description

巴马洞天福地 (Bama Cave) is a complex concatenation of terms and as a result there are quite different translations and transliterations. Bā mǎ or Bama seems to be the name, while dòngtiānfúdì is often simply translated with cave. But dòng means cave and tiānfúdì means heaven and earth, so together it means heaven and earth cave. Chinese is obviously quite baroque, and you never know if it is poesy, a joke or a real term.

The Bama Cave is a huge passage, a through cave from the valley of the Panyang River to a huge doline. It was named after the autonomous county where it is located. This area is quite famous for an exceptional number of very old people, and so many Chinese believe they will live longer or even be healed by the unknown source of longevity. As a result tourism and retirement homes boost in the area. The cave offer healing magnetic fields and positive oxygene ions, selenium crystals and strontium. This cave is no exception, the company which developed it with an investment of several hundred million CNY is specialized in exploiting health tourism, and the cave was completed by hotels and bird parks.

The huge entrance portal of the cave shows a 20m high statue of Peng Zu, a famous ancient healer and philosopher. He invented cooking and was the first professional chef, was the originator of Chinese martial arts culture, the first scientist, and master of sex. He lived more than 880 years, was 49 times married, and had 54 children. He is obviously a good symbol for the commercial exploitation of esoteric medicine.

Most people visit the cave for its healing installments, to breath the air or walk through shallow water pools. Even the huge cave lake which is crossed by a wooden trail is artificial.