Once this project is operational, Tian’e and the surrounding area will be supplied with copious amounts of power that will fuel industry and the economy of the region. Tian’e itself is already preparing a development zone on the outskirts of town. A infrastructure of access roads are under construction and an isolated karst cone is being nibbled away for its limestone. We passed through this zone on our way to Brikkiln Cave that may provide a small tourist attraction due to its proximity to the town itself. This fictitious name was given due to the brick works located close to the entrance. A cement works is also found nearby.
Also within striking distance are other caves including ‘Cemetery Cave’,
Ba Dong and the magnificent Chang Dong whose spectacular entrance portal is
entered by boat. Opportunities for new finds also exist in the scenic Dung
Lee and Tu Dong village areas. Further afield to the south on the borders
with neighbouring Fengshan County, is the impressive San Gui Shui Tiankeng
outside Lao Pung village. This is a large doline feature whose delicate ecosystem
82m below is encompassed by its overhanging cliffed sides. A significant cave
leads off which was explored for the first time.