Yaolin Cave - Yaolin Wonderland

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Location: Tonglu County, Zhejiang Province. 85 km from Hangzhou city.
Open: All year daily 7-19.
Fee: Adults CNY 35.
Classification: SpeleologyKarst cave
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Dimension: L=1,000 m, Ar=20,000 m². V=370,000/a [2000]
Guided tours:
Bibliography: Jianhua Gong, Hui Lin, Xiaolu Yin (2000): Three-dimensional Reconstruction of the Yaolindong, Cartography and Geographic Information Science, vol 27, No. 1 (2000)
Worldonline paper in MSWord, 3.5 MB!
Linhua Song, Jingrong Yang, Laihong Wang (1998): The Potential Corrosion Of Speleothems By Condensation Water, Acta Carsologica, XXVII/I, 1, 215-229, Ljubljana 1998
Worldonline abstract
Address: Yaolindong, Yaolin Town, Tonglu County, Zhejiang Province
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1979 cave discovered.
1981 opened to the public.
01 to 06-NOV-1992 3rd National Conference of Karst Geomorphology and Speleology took place at the cave.


Yaolindong is a very interesting cave, which is published multiple times. We listed some papers above. Beneath some commitment in the development and protection of tourist caves, they are open for modern IT. There is a very interesting three dimensional computer map of the cave on the web. In 1992 the cave hosted the Third National Conference of Karst Geomorphology and Speleology which was organized by the Commission of Karst and Speleology of the Geographic Society of China and the Tourism Bureau of Tonglu County.

But the cave itself is also worth a visit. Enormous dimensions, as typical for caves in this area, and extraordinary speleothems make a visit rewarding. The cave has an occupation history dating back 2,900 years BP.