The Golden Water cave is situated inside one of the Limestone hills Guilin is famous for.
It's 45 minute cycle ride, or a cheap taxi.
Water wear has formed a beautiful cave which has been concreted over. So you can go and have a lovely cooling walk underground and view stone structures peaking out of the concrete, garishly lit like some scene from Disney's version of 20,000 leagues Under the Sea.
So the cave part was a disaster.
The mud bath however.....
It was March and cold and no one else wanted to go in, so all the more for us! We stripped off and were very shortly running and yelling(very dignified) in a concrete pool of underground mud that we were assured was very good for our skin.
After a freezing cold shower we hit the hot pools. As there were only 2 or 3 people about we stayed roaming around for a couple of hours getting warm and relaxing. The pools are concrete and trickle into each other, so down at the far end you can have a full on cold bath, before thawing out at the end where it 'comes out the rock' (pump? natural? who knows...)
We paid a fiver each to go take a 3 hour mud and water bath in a big underground cave. I recommend it, just not for the wonders of underground architecture.
Quick warning - go to the bathroom in your hostel if you're not keen on open plan trough loos.
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