Though China is slowly embracing the conventionalities of the world, it is still able to preserve much of its history, culture, and wonders that make it truly unique. And right in one of the biggest countries in the globe is another universe—located several meters deep. It’s right at the heart of Leye Dashiwei Scenic Spot.
Things to Do
The Leye Dashiwei Scenic Spot is about 500 kilometers away from Nanning, which is part of the Guangxi Zhuang region. It is primarily defined by the presence of tiankengs (or collapsed caves). Though other nations have this, Leye doesn’t just have one but a cluster of them—24 in all—scattered across no more than 20 square kilometers.
The collapsed caves come in different depths and widths, so adventurers (especially spelunkers) have plenty of options. Some of them are deemed easy and are thus perfect for first-timers, while others are incredibly deep, offering stronger challenges even to the most experienced.
One of the most captivating collapsed caves in the area is known as Dashiwei Tiankeng. The cave is actually nestled among conical hills, so even before you get to the bottom, you can already take in China’s nature wonders. The hole is approximately 400 meters across, and since the cave has collapsed in an outward fashion, there are defined vertical walls. The cave itself, however, is an absolute beauty and mystery. Running over 600 meters deep, the “trek” down below is a mixture of anxiety and excitement. Yet the growth of a massive forest spanning 80 million cubic meters is a rightful reward for the effort.
Indeed, the sink hole leads to a whole new world far different from what you see even in the most remote regions of the country. To further add to its allure are the presence of wide varieties of species of flora and fauna not found anywhere else, even on the mainland. At the tiankeng floor is also a running river known as Bailong, which has played a role for the land formation. The Leye Dashiwei Scenic Spot is also home to Chuan Dong (amid more than 5 mountains), Shenmu, Dengjiatuo, and Baidong tiankengs.
After a few hours of trekking and exploring the deep holes, you can go on a cruise in Buliu, which is part of a river valley. Measuring around 16 kilometers in length, the flowing blessed river is best ridden aboard a bamboo raft, paddled by a professional tour guide. The openness of the ride also allows tourists to easily take in the sights and sounds of the river and its surroundings. The path also passes through an arch bridge, Fairy Bridge, that measures 19 meters in width and close to 300 meters in length.
A trip in Leye Dashiewei Scenic Spot is an experience you wouldn’t want to miss. It’s a mixture of adventure, fun, learning, and even a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It takes you to some of the deepest parts of the world to some of the most gorgeous sights on top of a mountain or a hill.