David worked the last couple days and is off now until NEXT Friday!! This morning we left the city and headed to Benxi to see the water caves. Today though we are traveling in style… we rented a van! No more cramped backseat. The citroen car we have is just a little too small for trips out of the city.
We have been to Benxi three other times. Twice to the water caves and once hiking in the mountains with our Chinese group. When James was here before we didn’t go to the water caves.
The Benxi Water Caves are located 30 km east of Benxi, in Liaoning province, approximately a 1.5 hour drive from Shenyang. The Benxi Water Caves are a forest of stalactites and stalagmites within a cavern system lit by coloured lighting. A river 3,000 metres long, 2 metres deep and flows through a giant 5 million-year old cavern system. Temperature inside the cave is constant throughout the year, at 12C. It is warm in winter and cold in summer, and it is supposedly the longest underground river navigable by boat!
We enjoyed the caves and then spent some time wandering around the park, checking out the geological museum, the petrified forest of silicified wood, the tadpole invested lake, eating tea eggs and ice cream, and even saw the tale end of a show! The entertainment was from Thailand…James and Jon’s first glimpse at girly boys! haha 😀
This evening we enjoyed Korean BBQ, browsed a night market, watched the group dancing in a park and enjoyed a delicious Baked Alaska dessert with an amazing view of Shenyang at the top of the Grand Hyatt. Such a great day!!!