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Swallow Cave in Jianshui
Jianshui Top 2 in Local History

475 Reviews
Geological SitesCave
Liked by 2
Closed Open from 1/1-12/31,9:00am-5:00pm
Recommended Sightseeing Time: 3-4 hours
Address: Jianshui, Honghe, Yunnan, China
Phone: 0873-7821298 0873-7821068

What people are saying:

This is well worth the visit and exceeded our expectations. The cave is massive! It's incredible! Getting there was a little tricky as a foreigner who does not speak much Chinese but if you want to get there cheaply ask someone at your hotel/hostel to book you a taxi (I recommend downloading Didi) to the bus station in Jianshui. Then at the bus station show them Swallow Cave off of Trip.com since it is written in Chinese under the title. Once you get your ticket you get on the bus and will have to wait a bit for it to get full. Once you leave it's only about 30 minutes there, and I would suggest showing the bus driver where you are going and he will stop and point for you when he stops at the caves. I recommend going earlier in the afternoon to guarantee grabbing a bus back. We didn't know when a bus would come and asked a family if they knew (using our translator app) and they didn't know about the buses so they ended up just driving us right back to our hotel! If you take the bus it is 11rmb one way while a private taxi is $130rmb one way. The ticket into the caves is 55rmb for an adult and 28rmb for a child.

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  • Philipthefirst
    Haarlem, The Netherlands

    Nice big cave with temples and swallows

    It is a very big cave with nice stalagmites and stalagtites. There are some nice temples and altars, adding to the general nice atmosphere. The swallows are nice, but unless you are a fanatic birder, ...

    Reviewed on /Date(1528752593000+0800)/
  • CanadaCathy


    Swallow cave was okay ... very large and well-organized tours BUT ... unfortunately it has lost it's natural appeal in many ways. I am more of an adventurous type, so this type of set-up doesn't suit...

    Reviewed on /Date(1483840946000+0800)/
  • Grace F
    Grace F
    Xi'an, China

    Impressive Yunnan travel - Swallow Cave

    This freak of nature and ornitholody is halfway between Jianshui and Gejiu. The karst formations are lure, but what you will want to see are tens of thousands of swallows flying around in spring and s...

    Reviewed on /Date(1434029380000+0800)/
  • rover133
    London, United Kingdom

    Deep and dark

    I was not sure wether to go so had no great expectations and was pleasantly surprised. The stalactites and stalagmites are impressive. I did not see thousands of swallows or hoards of tourists which m...

    Reviewed on /Date(1428895403000+0800)/
  • juliakimk

    Better than expected

    We had heard caves are Disneyesque and garrishly lit. So we had low expectations. When we walked to the pleaseent gardens and reached the large mouth of the cave, with Buddahs, placques and red pray...

    Reviewed on /Date(1396539297000+0800)/

Additional Information


Located in east of Jianshui County, the Swallow Cave comprises natural forest land, dry caves and wet caves. In the scenic spot, travelers can admire natural wonders, beautiful stalactite of different shapes in karst caves and swallows leaving and returning to nests from May to July every year. Swallow Cave is one of the best places to observe magnificent natural wonders.
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