Another province visited in China
Whilst in Liaoning Province last year, my friend Jon and I went to Benxi Water Caves for a visit. These caves are about an hour’s drive from the capital Shenyang so again using a trusty guide and driver, off we went. The caves are located in Benxi National Park and our guide told us they are the longest underground water-filled caves found in the world and that they contain the world’s longest underground river at 5.8 kilometres. Of this, only 2.8 kilometres are accessible by boat. I never think our guides are untruthful, however I have heard many [many] times during my travels around China that some structure is either the oldest/biggest/longest/tallest so I am not sure of the accuracy of this statement.My photos are not great [or even good] as I only had my mobile telephone with me in the caves which were quite dark. The ride in small boats took about forty-five minutes and wearing too small life jackets we boarded and then on occasions we had to duck our heads as the stalactites were quite low. Was a fun time though with the usual bright and colourful lights highlighting the cave.Little bit of interesting information on how to remember which are stalactites and which are stalagmites…the word stalactite has a ‘c’ for ‘ceiling’ and the word stalagmite has a ‘g’ for ‘ground’…an easy way to remember I think..After our visit we hopped off the boat and took a short walk through part of the cave where at the exit we were met by our driver and taken to lunch. We arrived at a typical Chinese looking building with basic interior but enjoyed an ok lunch[I say ‘ok’ as it was not some of the best food I have had in China] consisting of several Chinese dishes including an egg dish, rice, a meat dish for Jon and the usual eggplant dish for me.Before returning to our hotel we took a quick tour of Shenyang city; not an awful lot to see but we got out of the car to look around and seeing as it was very warm, got a good spray of water from the fountain in the city centre.Then back to our hotel after another great day in China!