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This was kindly translated by Liang Zhizhong (Joe)

This is a joint Chinese/ British expedition to study the caves in the Guangxi province. It is made possible by the close working relationship built up over the last 8 years through the 'British China Caves Project'

This is a joint Chinese/ British expedition to study the caves in the Guangxi province. It is made possible by the close working relationship built up over the last 8 years through the 'British China Caves Project'

Arthur Clarke has provided the following information:
Guangxi Normal University at Guilin  www.gxnu.edu.cn/ENGLISH

Not to be confused with the Guangxi University which is in Nanning (the capital of Guangxi province)


You should be aware that our access/ permit for our expedition this October
in Lingyun County, northeast of Baise (Bose) district in western Guangxi
Province, southern China - considered as part of the on-going "China Karst
Project" - is actually under the auspices of the latest five-year plan or
project on karst research in China, managed by the Karst Institute of Guilin
(Kweilin), through the Guangxi Normal University at Guilin in Guangxi
(Kwangsi) province.

Cave biology is itself one of the major objectives of this
UNESCO/IUGS IGCP sponsored 5-year project: "IGCP-448" titled: "World
correlation on karst geology and its relevant ecosystem" (2000-2004)
focussing on the ecological problems of karst". Prof. Yuan Daoxian is
heading it up. Further informaton about the current new 5-year project
(and the previous two 5-year projects) is available from their website,
which is probably essential reading for all expeditioners and a very
important additional link for our China expedition project website. The
url is: www.gxnu.edu.cn/KDL

Following the conclusion of our expedition, there is another international
caving event happening in China which I would like to attend: the ISCA
(International Show Caves Association symposium for Year 2000 - happening at
Yaolin Cave in Tonglu County - 80km southwest from Hangzhou (in Zhejiang
Province); Hangzhou is about 70km southwest of Shanghai. This ISCA
symposium, which will highlight the Protection and Restoration of show
caves, is being hosted by the Institute of Geography at the Chinese Academy
of Sciences. The symposium nominally runs from October 20-24, and includes
an eight day post-Conference study tour in the Guilin -Dahua-Kunming areas
following the footsteps of where our expedition will have been.
Incidentally, Yaolin Cave has an occupation history dating back to 2,900
years BP. )

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