Longyou Caves - a 2000 Year Old Secret

When you hear the word cave do you think of a smooth, curved surface with delicate architecture? If you don’t, this has to change today, after one of the most weirdest discoveries made by speleologists in China. Whenever I hear the word ” cave ” immediately I think of words like “rough”, “stony”, “scary”. But that changed completely after finding out about the Longyou Grotto caves… Who do you think carved these caves; Some miners Someone Exquisite architect who wanted to build a house so deep underground that no one does not ever know ? If you think any of the above, you are sadly mistaken…

This complex of caves was carved more than 2,000 years ago and it remains unknown by whom and why. It seems made ​​by people who had access to tools similar to today’s modern tools and machinery ! Without exaggeration! The caves have ceilings up to 30 meters height, a whole area of ​​about 1200 square meters expanding a total volume of 900,000 cubic meters produced by more than 36,000 cubic meters of rubble , 4 columns (pillars) distributed symmetrically inside one of the caves, and more incredible elements that make you wonder “How did they do that ? ” . Not to mention the enigmatic marks on the walls of tools that give the impression of heavy excavators being used during the building of the caves.

In June 1992 a villager named Wu Anai, decided to take water from a local cave , revealing the first of a series of artificial caves in the area. After 17 days of pumping enough water had been removed in order to reveal the cave and enough evidence to show that it was formed not naturally but artificially.

The carving on the walls and ceilings were forms a complicated and not easy to see pattern that many people believe contains symbolism. It’s like some ceramics, located in a nearby museum with chronologies between 500 and 800 BC.

One of the caves which is open to tourists, includes patterns of carving with symbols referring to horses, fish and birds ( Earth, Water, Air ) . The head of the bird has similar look with a statuette which was revealed in the archaeological site of Hemudu.

This discovery has won the interest of many experts from China, Japan, Poland, Singapore and the USA. One of the most difficult questions is how and why they remained hidden and unknown for more than 2,000 years…