The Lotus King
China’s southwest is a land of karst. Hidden beneath the ground is the crown jewel of what this karst landscapes offers – caves. In these hidden lairs water continues to leave its mark, not only in dissolving but also in building; every drip of water that enters the caves from their ceiling helps to created stunning structures called “speleothems”. The giant cave formation in the photo is “The King of the Lotus Basin,” the biggest one of its kind in China. The name “lotus basin” comes from the lotus-like appearance of such limestone formations. Located in the Luomei Lianhua Cave in Guangxi, the “king” in the photo has a diameter of 9.2 meters and covers an area of nearly 70 square kilometers.