Scientists discover 16.5km-long underground cave with rivers, waterfalls and wildlife species in southern China

The cave, which is 420 metres deep in places, was found during an eight-day expedition in Guangxi province

PUBLISHED : Monday, 07 March, 2016, 3:36pm
UPDATED : Monday, 07 March, 2016, 4:10pm

A team of Chinese and French geologists have discovered a gigantic 16.5km-long undergound cave in southern China, mainland media reports.

The cave in Guangxi province’s Donglan county, is 420 metres deep in places and also includes lakes, rivers, waterfalls and different-shaped stalagmites, Xinhua news agency reported on Monday.

The report said it was rare to find a cave of this size in China.

The geologists from China and France also discovered fish and plant life, along with other species of wildlife, during an eight-day expedition to examine 12 different caves in the area between late February until early March.

The expedition was the first joint exploration carried out by Chinese and French scientists.

Guangxi province is famous for its karst landscapes – areas underlain by limestone that have been eroded over time to produce caves ridges, towers, sinkholes and fissures – which have attracted numerous tourists to the area.