Yunnan Jiuxiang Scenic Region
Located in Jiuxiang Yi and Hui Autonomous Township of Yiliang County 90 kilometers (56 miles) away from Kunming, Jiuxiang Scenic Region (also named “nine villages” in Chinese) is a well-equipped comprehensive scenic region which is famous for its caves, mountains, rivers, deep valleys, minority customs and cultures.
Jiuxiang Scenic Region consists of over 100 karst caves of various sizes. It is the biggest cave clusters in China which developed 60 million years ago. With an area of about 172 square kilometers (66 square miles), Jiuxiang scenic sites unfold magnificent underground scenery, historic humanistic sites, and enchanting ethnic folk customs. Legend says that Jiuxiang karst caves were originally golden pearls given to Mother Goddess Xiwangmu for her 1,000 th birthday from Heavenly Emperor Yuhuang. During a royal banquet, the golden string threading the pearls accidentally broke. The pearls fell from the heaven to earth and formed Jiuxiang caves of various sizes. The golden thread turned into the Maitian river meandering through the caves.
Jiuxiang Scenic Region consists of 5 main scenic sites: The Rainbow Bridge , the Sanjiao Cave , the Dasha Dam , the Alulong and the Moon Lake . The construction of the Rainbow Bridge Scenic Spot has already been finished and is now open to the public, while other four sites are still awaiting for future development. The Rainbow Bridge includes seven major scenic spots: the Green Shady Valley , the White Elephant Cave , the Goddess Cave , the Lying Dragon Cave , the Bat Cave , the ancient river meandering through the cave and the Tourist Cableway. The whole journey is about four kilometers (2.5 miles) long and takes about three hours.