Originally our intended area of exploration lay close to Hechi City in Huanjiang County, however the expedition is now focused on Tian'e County where the cave development is also promising. Here, the Longtan Gorge adjoins an elevated limestone area which boasts large pitches, and the nearby Chang Dong resurgence suggests that extensive underground river system also typify this region. Both counties lie in the north of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

This expedition is being launched by the Yorkshire Ramblers' Club. The club was founded in 1892 when rambling encompassed all forms of pioneering mountain and potholing activity . The name has remained unchanged to this day.


This will be the third time that members of the YRC have ventured to China in recent years. The expedition team includes members of the following clubs: Wolverhampton Caving Group, Gloucester Speleological Society and Scarborough Caving Club. All these trips have only been possible through the ongoing partnership of the British China Caves Project and the Guilin Institute of Karst Geology.

Our Sponsors: 
Yorkshire Ramblers' Club, Ghar Parau Foundation, British China Caves Project, Mount Everest Foundation
PCT www.pctpestcontrol.co.uk

The team headed out on 22 February 2004 from the UK on an intense four week period of new discoveries. It is hoped that our findings will help unlock some of the secrets of this charming land and strengthen our friendship with our Chinese friends.



See the latest expedition news as it unfolded by clicking our 'diary' link
These pages are supported by our photographs.

Tian'e Town (Photos by Zhanghai)

Longtan Gorge

Chang Dong