Zixiadong is also known as Purple Light Cave, but actually is not a cave. It is a red cliff with one entrance and is a basin type ground. The red cliff radiate rosy clouds during the sun set and the peculiarity of the landscape allows the rays falls directly on the cliffs. This creates one of the rare, bemusing situation and visitors will be spell bound seeing the magnificent color combination created by the nature. The entire region will be engulfed by the mysterious purple rays. The situation is one of the fascinating displays by the nature one should not ever miss to see in their life. The name Zixia stands for the mysterious color decoration. Don’t miss to visit this land of wonders!
There about 20 wonderful landmarks and naturally blessed location to be visited in Zixiadong. Some of the very important locations are Zixia Temple, Yuquan Temple, Stone of Elephant Nose, Wangjing Trough, Immortal’s Cave, Liuguangcai’s tomb, Hongwa Hill and Zidia Cliff. The moment you step in to Zixiadong, you will be mesmerized to see the natural wonders and humming birds, lush green meadows, drooping plants, splashing waterfalls, rare animals, bamboo plants and wild flowers! It is like as if you have landed in a paradise. Being no interference from the outer world, even you can disengage from all your electronic connections, it is one of the ideal places you can get lost by yourself.
Zixia Temple is the second biggest Buddhist temple in Hunan Province. This temple was built during Ming Dynasty, under the Jiajing period in the year 1522 to 1566. Situated at the south western sector or Hunan province, the temple carries all its glory. You will have the divine involvement, if you have the luck to be part of the ceremonies. The rituals supported by the bell melody in the morning, declaration of the drumming in the afternoon and the fragrance of the incense take you back to the golden era of Jiajing period of Ming Dynasty.
Yuquan Buddhist temple
Yuquan Buddhist temple is considered as one the sacred temple in the Hunan Province. Near the temple you can see the tomb of one of the famous first Buddhist monk , who was associated with the temple activities. A store corridor with a length of 33 meters takes you to the Bazi Door from the Yuquan Temple. The promenade is divided in to two layers. The Wangjing Trough is constructed in three layers. The immortal cave is located further down deep in 200 meters in Niubi Village Gorge is surprising due to its uniqueness. Watching the Hongwal Hill is a thrilling experience. This hill is 700 meters in length and 100 meters width. The hill cliff is dense and looks like a deep curved gorge.
Liuguangcai’s tomb is otherwise known as General Tomb is another historically important location one should not miss to visit. The tomb was built during Qing Dynasty (1875-1908) to commemorate General Liuguangcai, who was the Vice Prime Minister, Vince Minister of Defense, Provincial Commander-in-Chief. The tomb area is spread over 500 square meters, built in semi circle shape with supporting battery of old trees, shone horsed, stone man and stone sheep etc.
It is easy to hope in from Guilin, which is 200 kilometer away from Zixiadong. The entry pass is available for CNY 30 per head and the site is opened 8am to 5 pm every day. You may require spending 2 hours to cover the entire location.