What I like about this cave is that it has a systematic crowd control system, many safety signs and also state-of-the-art lighting and sound system that really impressed me.
Around 40 tourists are admitted at a time and a guide is allocated. Your group will then be assigned a group number throughout the cave tour. This is good to avoid large crowd and also for the protection of cave ecological system. Too many tourists will spoil and vandalise the beauty of this cave. Carbon monoxide breathes out by humans will make the limestones lack lustre and become dull.
The guide will introduce to you the many features inside this Cave, namely the three uniqueness and the tree treaures of Silver Cave. At every point, the guide will use a card-like tag to tap on a power point to activate the colourful spotlights and sound system. The cave is now alive with vivid colours and your imagination will go wild. The lights will be off automatically after some time in order to save energy. Eventhough the lights look very artifical, they are tastefully decorated to complement and enliven the cave's natural wonders and have fascinated many tourists.
There are many well-lit signs for direction and safety strategically located on the wall of the cave or at your steps. Caution signs have readings like "Mind your head", "Mind your steps", "Slopes in front", "Slippery ground", "Do not tap", etc. Do not run inside the cave as the ground is slippery with water dripping from above and this will also disturb some fragile limestones.
Temperature in the cave remains constant between 24c to 26c. You need not bring extra clothings. If you would like to take photos inside the cave, you have to use films with light sensitivity of ISO 400 and above for a satisfactory shot. Or else, your photos will look very dark and gloomy.
Entrance Fee: RMB40
This sky-supporting pillar is so unique that at its trunk many branches extend out. What a scene of upright and twist combining together. One cannot but admire the nature's superlative craftsmanship !
In the solemn hall of the Buddhist Temple, Sakyamuni, the founder of Buddhism, is lecturing the profound doctrine, sitting around by his pious followers. It's said that this natural stone image of Sakyamuni is divine.
Lipu yam is very popular because of its large size and smooth texture. Some of the favourite dishes are fried yam balls, yam duck and fatty meat with yam slices. These dishes can be found easily in all restaurants.
If you would like to sample some fresh roasted yam, there's some stalls selling it just in front of the Silver Cave Hotel.
What to buy:
If you like the taste of yam and would like to bring home some, I would recommend to buy the crispy yam fries which are packed in a box. It's light and convenient to bring home as souvenir.
What to pay: About RMB7 per box