织金洞

Zhijindong - Zhījīn Dòng - Zhijin Cave - Zhi Jin Cave - Hen Hitting Cave


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Location: 民寨乡, Minzhai Village, Zhijin, Province Gui Zhou.
152km northwest of Gui Yang, the provincial capital of Gui Zhou. 122km from An Shun.
(26.758333, 105.930833) (26.7382144928, 105.8433151245)
Open: MAR to NOV daily 8:30-17:30.
DEC to FEB daily 9-17.
[2019]
Fee: MAR to NOV: Adults CNY 120, Children (1.2m-1.4m) CNY 60, Children (-1.2m) free, Seniors (61-70) CNY 60, Seniors (71+) free.
DEC to FEB: Adults CNY 100, Children (1.2m-1.4m) CNY 50, Children (-1.2m) free, Seniors (61-70) CNY 50, Seniors (71+) free.
Schuttle Bus CNY 20.
[2019]
Classification: SpeleologyKarst cave
Light: electric, but bring torch and extra batteries
Dimension: L=12,100m, VR=150m, T=10-15°C.
Guided tours: D=2h, L=6,000m. V=150,000/a [2000]
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Address: Zhijindong, P.O. Box 406, Zhijin 552100, Guizhou, Tel: +86-85778-12018, Fax: +86-85778-12019.
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History

1980 discovered by the Zhijin County Tourism Resources Exploration Team and named 打鸡洞 (Daji Dong - Chicken Hole).
1988 贵州织金洞风景区 (Guizhou Zhijin Cave Scenic Area) approved and announced by the State Council.
1993 opened to the public.
1994 joins the International Show Caves Association (ISCA).

Description

The dimensions of 织金洞 (Zhī jīn dòng - Weaving Gold Cave) are quite impressive. The cave system has a length of some 13km, so it is not among the long caves of the world, but the size of the passages and chambers is really impressive. The normal height and width of the main passage is between 60m and 100m, some chambers reach a height of 150m and a width of 175m.

There is also a tallest stalagmite of the world in Zhi Jin Cave, they talk about a 70m high formation, with many other stalagmites being 40m high. We believe, that this really is the biggest stalagmite. Actually it is quite strange that this fact is not mentioned in the official description, while three non-existent superlatives are stupidly repeated. One is the nonsense that it is the longest cave of the world with a length of 13km. The second is that it has 120 different speleothems, which is the highest number of different speleothems in any cave. This is seriously weird as there is no standardized way to classify speleothems and as a result any cave may give any number they like. And finally it possesses the largest unsupported roof span of any cave worldwide which is 175m. We dont even know what they mean by that.

We guess this cave actually holds the superlative of the most wrong translations of its names. Originally named 打鸡洞 it goes by Daji Dong, Chicken Hole, Hen Hitting Cave. Then it was renamed 织金洞 which is translated Zhī jīn dòng, Zhijindong Cave (a tautology), Zhījīn Dòng Cave (again a tautology), Zhijin Cave, Zhi Jin Cave, and finally Weaving Gold Cave.

However, the cave definitely has quite exceptional speleothems. There is an abundance of huge stalagmites, dozens which are around 40m high. Most are of the palm trunk type. The most beautiful of this kind is named 银雨树 (Silver Rain Tree), and while "only" 17m high it is symmetric and pure white. It actually resembles a huge tree or probably orchid made of calcite crystals. There are rimstone pools which are periodically filled with water, there are helictites, and there are pools full of cave pearls.

The visit to this cave seems to be rather adventurous. The tour guides are said to save a little on the electric light and the paths are rather irregular hacked into sloping limestone escarpments. So good shoes, appropriate clothing and torches are a good idea.