The Lo­tus King

China Scenic - - Lens - Photo/ Zhang Jian­jun

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.

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