The Shuanghe Cave

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The Shuanghe Cave

by Live in Guizhou


Image Source: CGTN

The Shuanghe Cave, located in Wenquan Town, Suiyang County, Zunyi City, is the largest karst cave in China, hailed as the “Karst Cave Museum” and the “Gateway to the Earth’s Core”. It is a maze of broken tunnels that run deep into the earth’s crust in all directions.

In March 2019, the results of the 21st international joint scientific expedition into the Shuanghe Cave were unveiled. According to the results, the Shuanghe Cave has a length of 257.4 kilometers, making it the longest cave in Asia and the fifth longest in the world. In that cave, the world’s cave experts found an underground terrace, cave waterfalls, helictites, gypsum flowers and other geological wonders, as well as a large number of fossils and living creatures, which are valuable for the geological and biological studies on the cave.

The karst cave was uncovered in the late 1980s, and since then, a series of extensive surveys have been jointly carried out by Chinese and foreign researchers. The complex structure dubbed “karst natural cave museum” has water holes and dry holes coexisting at a depth of more than 550 meters. It is home to many creatures, the most common of which is a tiny white tadpole. Giant panda fossils were also found in the cave.