蓟州溶洞

Jizhou Dong


Useful Information

Location: Hongzhuang Village, Luozhuangzi, Jizhou District, Tianjin City 301922.
(40.130009, 117.372650)
Open: All year 8-17:30, last entry 17.
[2023]
Fee: Adults CNY 95, Reduced CNY 45.
[2023]
Classification: SpeleologyKarst Cave
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System LightColoured Light
Dimension: T=18 °C.
Guided tours: L=1,500 m, D=3 h.
Photography: allowed
Accessibility: no
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Address: Jizhou Dong, Hongzhuang Village, Luozhuangzi, Jizhou District, Tianjin City 301922, Tel: +86-22-8232-3333. E-mail:
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History

1998 cave discovered by a local farmer chasing a badger.
1999 exploration by the national geological department.
1999 beginning of development as a show cave.
2006 show cave opened to the public.
2013 Karst Cave Holiday Hotel built.
13-AUG-2014 declared an AAA tourist attraction.
2015 beginning of theme park development.
15-SEP-2021 transformed into a theme park and declared an AAAA tourist attraction.

Description

蓟州溶洞 (Jì zhōu róngdòng, Jizhou Dong, Jizhou Karst Cave) is a cave with many speleothems which are illuminated in all possible colours and a few impossible. Its also first in China, whatever that means.

It seems the cave is located at the foot of Lingqi Mountain, which is actually a skiing area. It was developed as a scenic area and has now a bridge with glass floor to the next mountain and numerous other stuff. The cave was named after the county, which is today called Jixian, but was once named Jizhou. The limestone is Middle and Upper Proterozoic dolomite of the Hongshuizhuang Formation of the Changcheng System (~1.8 Ga). The cave is part of the Tianjin Jixian National Geopark. The cave has three levels.

The place has been converted into a scenic area, which is the Chinese euphemism for theme park. It now offers the 7D glass suspension bridge which is currently the longest in Asia, with a total length of 640 m. Other rides are the Alpine jungle rafting, the Alpine dry skating, the cliff swing, the high-altitude zipline, the panoramic glass slide (460 m long), karting, and several rides like big pendulum, shaking flying chair, and luxury double-decker carousel. They extended the car park for 1,7000 cars, and considering most Chinese use public transport, this means an enormous number of visitors.