Sanya is not all about the sea. For a solid island with an extensive interior, it would be a waste to expect that Hainan does not offer anything aside from marine activities. In case you experience beach fatigue, get a bus ride from Sanya past Lizhigou town. you will find Luobi Cave, a natural karst cave shaped by tens of thousands of years of dissolution of layers of soluble limestone bedrock.
Facing the western face of Yin Ridge, the karst cave itself is about 12 meters high and 9 meters wide at its entrance, reaching to a height of about 20 meters at its center, where you will be greeted by a pair of huge stalactites hanging down from the ceiling like giant pens, from which the cave got its name.
Beyond geological considerations, Luobi Cave actually affords a visitor a glimpse of Hainan’s past as a remote territory in imperial China. Inscriptions carved into the walls are said to date back to the Yuan Dynasty 650 years ago.
Between 1992 and 1993, archaeologists discovered the fossilized remains of prehistoric humans and their tools from more than 10,000 years ago during the Upper Paleolithic Era exist inside the cave. All these factors prompted the government in 2001 to declare Luobi Cave as a national protected cultural site.
According to the legends, anyone who touches the water dripping from the pen-shaped stalactites of the cave will turn into a talented writer. It is said that a number of large flat rocks scattered across the floor of the cave are said to be inkstones once used by Taoist Immortals. So get on Bus 7 heading to Lizhigou town and take your quill to discover the wordsmith in you.