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The Zhiyun Cave is about 3 kilometres to the Northwest of Shilin. It has another name 'Ziyun (purple cloud ) Cave', and is composed of the Major Zhiyun Cave, Minor Zhiyun Cave, Daqian Cave and Pig¡¯s Ear Cave. Zhiyun Cave has a total area of about 2.55 square kilometres and is one of the underground wonders of lava topography. According to a record written during the reign of Qing dynasty's Emperor Kangxi, the stone which was used as the cave¡¯s gate was like fungus and clouds, thus getting a name 'Zhiyun'. There are caves inside the Zhiyun Cave, and a big cave can even hold a thousand people. The Zhiyun Cave is full of grottoes and can produce a drum or bell-like sound with percussion. Other spots include stone beds, fields, waves and scales, etc., which are considered as 'celestials remains'. The flowing lava on the top of the cave has been past hundreds of millions of years and has formed various kinds of vivid and lively shapes such as an old celestial standing on a stick, jade stalagmites, treasury pagoda, or a frog in a jumping position. Another scenic spot is like dragons in the air, appearing from clouds and puffing fogs.
STRANGE WIND CAVE
The Strange Wind Cave is 5 kilometres away to the Northeast of the Major & Minor Stone Forests. It is composed of three parts - the Intermittent Wind-puffing Cave, Siphon Spring and Underground River. In August and November each year, strong wind is frequently puffed out from the Wind-purring Cave, accompanied by the noise flowing water, making the tranquil earth noisy and dusty, 2 or 3 minutes later, wind-puffing stops and everything becomes tranquil again. A few minutes later it starts to puff again. Each time the wind puffs out with a short intermittent break of 15 to 30 minutes in rainy seasons and about one hour in dry seasons.
Such strange phenomenon is because that the Siphon Spring is situated at the lowest point of the Strange Wind Cave and is connected with the Intermittent Wind-puffing Cave. The underground water flows a few meters and enters a water-dropping hole of the underground river. When the water level rises one to two meters high, it promptly drops down, producing thunder-like drainage sound. The air is also puffed out from the cave, thus creating the fantastic view of the Strange Wind Cave.
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