Qilin(unicorn), refers to a kind of animal recorded in ancient Chinese books, which are considered as one of holy animals together with, phoenix, tortoise and dragon. All of them are mounts for immortals. Giraffe is often deemed as the incarnation of Qilin in reality. People always use this word to praise someone with outstanding performance.
Qilin Cave is located in Qianling park. It was originally called Baiyi Nunnery, where nuns cultivate themselves according to a religious doctrine. The cave is natural cave chamber and the cave is named after the unicorn-shaped stalactite inside the cave. It is also famous as the location where two patriotic Chinese generals Zhang Xueliang and Yang Hucheng were imprisoned during the Chinese Civil War. The two generals initiated the Xi’an Incident, a significant historic event in Chinese History. In 1985,a exhibition room is set up to commemorate them. The items include furniture used by the generals and his closed girlfriend, the materials and documents as well. The documents are divided into 12 sections with 171 pictures in total. The rooms they used to live are restored as well.
The nunnery has been destroyed long time ago. New and fine building surrounded with water and hills take its place. Vines straggling over the cave look like a natural curtain. Osmanthus, pomegranate evergreen, Chinese redbud, chrysanthemum are planted around the save. what a beautiful scene in the autumn!
In 1982, Qilin Cave is listed as cultural relics under provincial protection. In 1997, it is listed as patriotic Education Base in Guiyang.
Location: Inside Qianling Park, Yunyan District
Entrance fee: free
Transportation: Bus No.1, 2, 10,12,13,16,23,25,30
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