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Jiuxiang Caves

Location:Kunming Yiliang County;
Opening time:09:00-18:00, daily;
Tel:86-800-83002161;
Best time for visit: all year long
Recommended time for a visit:2 hours
Open: 09:00-18:00, daily
Tickets:RMB90.

How to Get There

1,Take a taxi from Kunming Airport or Kunming Southern Railway Station. The fare for a round trip: Xiali: 200-300 yuan; Santana: 300-400 yuan; and Santana 2000: 550-600 yuan. 2, Tourists can also take minibuses near Kunming Southern Railway Station or Chayuan Hotel (located on Yongping Road, near the Railway Station) to get to the scenic spot. The price for a round trip is 30-40 yuan. 3,Tourists can also take the regular buses at North Bus Station, Juhuacun Bus Station, and East Bus Station to get to Yiliang County first (the price is 8 yuan). Then they can change buses to Jiuxiang Scenic Spot (6 yuan).

Introduction

Jiuxiang is known as the "museum of karst caves", which boasts its caves as the largest in scale and number (there are about a hundred karst caves) and has the most wonderful in-cave scenes in China. The caves in Jiuxiang fall into 4 cave clusters: Sanjiao Cave, Dashang Cave, Diehong Cave and Dasha Dam Cave. 66 out of the numerous caves in the area are profitably exploitable and the karst cave cluster is the largest of its kind on Yunnan-Guizhou plateau. The caves in the area are praised for their grandeur, wonder grotesquerie and natural beauty.
Jiuxiang, the birthplace of the aboriginal Yi ethnic people, has a strong minority custom color, a long cultural history, and widely spread old myths and tales. These include Hunting Festival, the Worship the White Dragon Festival, Love Song Contest, Bullfighting, Wrestling, Sanxian Dance (Sanxian is a three-stringed plucked instrument), Rattle Stick Dance and so on.
Tourists should take enough clothes since they may get wet in boats when they visit the karst caves and the gorges. The folk songs and dances and the local food are also special. What's more, Yangzonghai Lake Scenic Spot and Little White Dragon Forest Park are not far from Jiuxiang Scenic Spot. Tourists can take buses at the gate of the Jiuxiang to go there.

Special Notes:

1, Tourists can buy some handicrafts of gold, silver and jade in the jeweler's store in Jiuxing Scenic Spot. They can also buy some embroidery on which the scenes of Jiuxiang are made, for example, the gate, Yincui Gorge, Shentian, and the Twin Waterfalls. The embroidery sold here is of Suzhou (the city in eastern China which is known for the embroidery) handicraft, which is exquisite and bright, especially when inlaid in a wood frame.
2, The price of the embroidery varies according to the size and the quality. Generally it is 600-800 yuan. 3, Tourists can also buy the boccaro incense burner made in Yixing ( a place in Jiangsu Province, famous for the production of teapot). The price is 80-100 yuan.
4, In the small shop beside the square, there are some handicrafts and souvenirs on sale. Bargain is necessary if you want to buy things there.
5, If you visit Jiuxiang in summer, you can taste the delicious dishes of mushrooms, which totals more than 10 kinds there.
6, In winter, you can taste the delicious local food of salted meat, roasted meat, smoked meat, sausages and so on.
7, The most typical local food is Yiliang Roasted Duck. The dish has had a history of more than 100 years and has been developed from Beijing Roasted Duck.

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