Stone Flowers Cave (AKA Shihua Dong) is a karst cave in Fangshan District, in Beijing’s southwest.
It’s a scenic area, which means colourful lighting and good paths for walking on.
The main cave system has seven levels, and goes deep undeground. The top four levels are open, and we’ll visit them all on the full 2.5km underground loop walk, bottoming out on Level 4 at 150m underground.
The top level of the cave is dry; the lower levels have drips and trickles of water, and they say there’s an underground river all the way down on the seventh level. The temperature inside the caves is a constant 13–16°C.
Down in the caves we’ll see a whole lot of speleothems: stalactites, stalagmites, columns, flowstone, ‘stone flowers’, ‘crystal flowers’, shields, rimstone pools, and cave popcorn.
|08:00||Driving to the hike|
|10:00||Start hiking up to the lookout|
|12:00||Back down from the lookout, drive over to the restaurant|
|12:30||Lunch at the restaurant|
|13:30||Walk over to the caves and organise entry|
|14:00||Start the tour of Stone Flowers Cave|
|15:45||Finished the tour, driving back|
|17:30||Arrive at Lido, then on to Liangmaqiao|
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