Seven Stars Cave in Zhaoqing City of Guangdong Province centers around the Star Lake and the Seven Peaks that scatter like the track of the Big Dipper, such special shape has brought it fame and recognition throughout China. This mammoth lake stretches over 20 kilometers, occupies 6,490,000 square meters and has a string of small islands at its center. There is semi-permanent mist shrouding above the lake during the cooler months, which adds more beauty to the incredible mountain scenery. The combination of the lake and the mountain behind it is what draws millions of tourists every year, and a national-level boating base has been set up there. [nggallery id=53]
Inside the Seven Star Cave Park there are over 530 examples of ancient and imperial stone engraving and almost all of them are perfectly persevered. Among all the stone engravings in Guangdong, the ones of Tang Dynasty are considered to be most precious and inside the park there are four. Remarkably on most of the stone engravings there are not only examples of Chinese but also some in Tibetan and Spanish. Among all of these engravings, the ‘On Stone Room of Duanzhou’ inscribed in regular script by Li Beihai from Tang Dynasty is the top masterpiece. Moreover, some of China’s most well renowned poems in diverse traditional form has been engraved onto the stones, totaling 252 and hence it is commend as ‘a poetry gallery of a thousand year’.
When visiting Seven Star Park, a trip to the beautiful Flower Bridge is highly recommended. The bridge is the entrance to the park on the Xiaodong River. With a history of over 700 years, the bridge has served as a very important pass since the Song Dynasty. There is a Wind and Rain Corridor on the bridge, making a convenient shelter for visitors on rainy days.
The cave has scheduled tours about once an hour, conducted in Mandarin Chinese, usually with a megaphone, irrespective of group size, explaining in detail the origins of various formation names, such as a dragon eating a bear, or a bear catching a tiger. The tour can hardly be walked independently of groups, since the lights inside the cave are closed behind the groups as they walk away. Signs are posted in both Chinese and English and takes typically 30-60 minutes.
Admission Fee: CNY 60
Opening Hours: 08:10 to 17:00