Getting to the Benxi Water Caves, Benxi, Liaoning, China

Getting to the Benxi Water Caves, Benxi, Liaoning, China

Learn about getting to the Benxi Water Caves in Liaoning, China. The Benxi Water caves is a partially submerged “river” full of cave structures such as stalactites and stalagmites.

I read on the internet that it is the longest karst cave system in the world, but maybe the discovery of the one in Palawan beats it. Or maybe they are different types so hold their own individual records.

In any case, to get to the Benxi Water Caves you could easily take an organised tour group, but this post will explain how to go there yourself.

Actually, taking a organised tour isn’t even that easy for foreigners in China, since they are aimed mostly at Chinese tourists, i.e., the whole thing will be in Chinese.

This post also includes information on getting to Shenyang Airport.

Getting to the Benxi Water Caves was really easy in comparison to getting to the Red Beach in Panjin, but this was probably because I was already in Liaoning.

Getting to the Benxi Water Caves, Benxi, Liaoning, China

Getting from Panjin to Benxi is a single train ride away.

When I got off at Benxi the train station was under construction, so it was not obvious that it was Benxi. The first person that asked me for a hotel I took. I did not bargain. It was 50rmb for a basic room, which I’m sure I could have gotten for 30rmb. I ended up paying 70rmb for the one with a computer. It was pretty close to the train station, down a dingy alley.

Getting to the Benxi Water Caves, Benxi, Liaoning, China

The alley to my ‘hotel’

Getting To the Benxi Water Caves

I met with the husband of Grace, whom I met on Couchsurfing.org. He helped me get to the bus station. We took a taxi which cost 8rmb.

Alternatively, catch the #19 from Shifu Jie, across the road from the train station.

Once at the bus station, buy a ticket for the Water Caves (本溪水洞国家公园) from the left of the main part of the station. In between ICBC and Unicom. 11rmb. The bus for getting to the Benxi Water Caves leaves from just outside that office, and runs very frequently.

Getting to the Benxi Water Caves, Benxi, Liaoning, China

Benxi Water Caves In Chinese Characters

The stop for the caves is not obvious but the driver calls it out and others will probably get off. You get dropped off at the side of the road. Go through the bushes and over the parking lot to the ticket office. It costs 165rmb to enter which includes shuttle use.

Getting to the Benxi Water Caves, Benxi, Liaoning, China

Benxi

Review Of Benxi Water Caves

I’ve been to caves before, but this was awesome as it is the longest underwater caves in China. You do a little walk, then get on a boat for about 40 minutes. They talk in Chinese, but there are signs in English. They’ve named all the formations to what they look like. At the start there’s some tacky dinosaurs and stuff, but the but ride is mint.

Getting to the Benxi Water Caves, Benxi, Liaoning, China

Dinosaurs in Benxi Caves

Afterwards you have done the boat ride through the Benxi Water Caves, you can climb the mountain and generally just walk around the area. There’s also a museum. I spent about 4 hours there.

. Getting to the Benxi Water Caves, Benxi, Liaoning, China. Albino Fish

Albino Fish At Benxi Water Caves

Getting Back From the Benxi Water Caves

I took a shared car back. It cost 20rmb (I didn’t bargain). It can drop you at the train or bus station. I got off at the bus station to have a look around. At 1600 I met with Grace and her husband and they took me for Korean BBQ. It was a massive meal. I slept well that night on their very comfortable couch. They were great hosts.

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Getting to Shenyang Airport

I caught a plane from Shenyang back to Guangzhou. Grace guided me, since she was going to visit her parents there anyway.

The bus from Benxi to Shenyang was about 25rmb and leaves very frequently. It was a 90 minute ride.

Once in Shenyang we went for a small walk, ate duck tongue, and got the shuttle to the airport which cost 17rmb. Buy the ticket from the CAAC bus station. You can get there by taxi or citybus 237. It’s close to where the bus from Benxi drops you, but I wouldn’t know how to walk there.

Saw two things from the plane that I’ve never seen before

  • Another plane in flight.
  • Fireworks from above, coming into Guangzhou at night.
Shenyang in chinese characters. Getting to the Benxi Water Caves, Benxi, Liaoning, China

Shenyang in chinese characters

Next Stop… Zhanjiang
I headed back to Guangdong Ocean University in Zhanjiang to start work.

Guangzhou in chinese characters. Getting to the Benxi Water Caves, Benxi, Liaoning, China

Guangzhou in chinese characters

Zhanjiang in Chinese Characters. Getting to the Benxi Water Caves, Benxi, Liaoning, China

Zhanjiang in Chinese Characters

Do you have experience getting to the Benxi Water Caves in Liaoning? Help out other readers and leave your tips (or anything else you want to say) in the comments 😀 .

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