Jingxi Tongling Grand Canyon
Last updated by david at 2013-11-3
Jingxi Grand Canyon consists of Nianba Gorge, Tongling Gorge, Gulao Gorge, Xinling Gorge and Xinqiao Gorge, which total over ten kilometers long. Nianba River flows from the top of Gulong Mountains and passes through the five gorges respectively. Each gorge sees unique natural sceneries and cultural attraction, such as extremely huge waterfalls, waterfalls inside caves, underground rivers, streams in gorges, marvelously spectacular caves, ancient stone base, ancient suspended burial places and primary vegetation.
Jingxi Tongling Grand Canyon
Lying in the south of the Grand Canyon, Tongling Gorge is a closed rectangle gorge, 1,000 meters in length, 200 meters in width and 300 meters in depth. It shapes like a slot in the earth, narrow and deep. In the gorge grow numerous trees from ancient times. On the steep cliff grow a number of whirling and graceful trees. The whole gorge is covered with green trees and decorated with flowing water, which refreshes visitors in the gorge. More than two thousand varieties of plants exist here, many of which are rare plants strictly protected by the nation. Plants that could be seen only in Jurassic (dating back 18 million years ago) and be living with dinosaurs, such as tree fern, Kwan-yin lotus fern, golden plum, Xian Timber and Blaze Trees, also exist in the gorge. According to geologists, this gorge used to be a vale. As a result of the geologic movement, the top of the vale fell, forming a huge louver, while the cliffs of the gorge remain curved like the vale. On the curved cliffs hang stalactites of various shapes. The path into the cliff lies and extends under the dried-up old trees, as if a green tunnel into the earth's core. Three hundred meters down the gorge is the ancient rock base, blocked by a cliff in the front. However, there is a hole to get through if one walks closer. Entering the hole, there is a spacious cave with 100 meters in height and 60 meters in width. Deep water flows at the bottom of the cave and one can see a gleam of the sky through the top of the cave. The walls and ceilings of the cave are covered with stalactites of different shapes. Going down the bottom of the cave by Z-shape scaling ladder, one can reach the outside of the cave which is a virgin forest.
Tongling Huge Waterfalls
The waterfall, standing 168 meters tall and 30 meters wide, is the tallest waterfall ever found in southwest China. The waterfall hangs over the mountains and falls straight down like a huge piece of white silk, emitting thunder-like sound. The waterfall produces millions of water drops which seem to cover the sky with fog. When the sun shines over the fog, beautiful rainbows appear. To the left of the waterfall are the ancient suspended burial places. The waterfall falls into a 50-meter-wide deep pool, which is the source of streams in the gorge and underground rivers in the cave. These streams and rivers again form a huge underground river leading to a new waterfall. Four huge caves are at the entrance of the underground river. The caves are deep and curved. If visitors climb 30 meters up the scaling ladder along the cliff, they will discover an underground river flowing, falling down along the cliff, and forming different levels of smaller but clear waterfalls. On the top of the first-level waterfall there are huge and various-shaped stalactites. The landscape made of calcareous rock is especially marvelous.
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How to Get There?
Take a motorcycle at Baise train station to the bus terminal, which costs about 3 yuan. Take a long-distance bus at the bus terminal, which costs three yuan and will get you to the scenic spot.
Tips: (1) Public transportation: visitors can get to the county one day in advance, and go to the southern station by tricycle the next day. There they can reach Tongling Grand Canyon by taking the bus to Hurun. The total distance from southern station to Tongling Grand Canyon is 16 kilometers. The fare for the bus is 5 yuan. After getting off the bus, visitors have to walk two kilometers to get to the entrance of Tongling Grand Canyon. The natural scenery along the way is just beautiful and attractive. Another option to get to the Tongling Grand Canyon is to rent a vehicle (which can seat seven people and the fee is 5 yuan per person) and directly reach the entrance to the canyon. Taking the tricycles in Jingxi county all cost one yuan. The last option is take a bus in Daxin county of Nanning city and get off in Hurun town. (2) Accommodation: visitors can live in hotels downtown Jingxi County. There are hotels and inns downtown, but most hotels are built on busy streets and visitors may be disturbed by the noise. However, some small hostels are in relatively quiet environment with fairly good living conditions. There exists at the end of the alleyway opposite the Jingxi Grand Canyon a Taohuaxi Hostel whose living conditions are pretty good. This hostel is inexpensive in expense and quiet in environment. In the back of the hostel is the Taohua stream, with nothing but the chatter. This makes people refreshed and pleased. (3) Dining: Visitors should live and eat in Jingxi County when they visit the Tongling Grand Canyon. The flavor in Jingxi is similar to that in Guangzhou. The featured food is absinthium vegetable soup, steamed chicken and spicy chicken. The local hand-made rice noodles boast the good taste, costing 2 YUAN per large bowl. The local sour fruit is famous too. The pickled sour fruit include pears, cucumber, radish, guava, lettuce and unknown fruit etc. (4) Ten kilometers ahead the south of Tongling Grand Canyon sees the Detian waterfall. (5) 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM and 16:00 PM to 18:00 PM is the best time for taking photos. (6) It is comfortably hot in the summer and pleasantly cold in the winter in Jingxi. This results in the nickname 'small Kunming' for Jingxi. In July and August, the spray of the waterfall in Jingxi Grand Canyon splashes hundreds of meters away so that tourists can hardly get close, while in the spring and the winter, the waterfall falls suddenly and surprisingly from the mountain and down the ground. Therefore, the best time to visit the attraction is from April to June and from November to December.
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