Articles

Life in China

Qujing Tourism?
The first night we were in Qujing, we were told the cave they wanted us to explore was flooded (bummer) and there were no other caves nearby (further bummer), but would we like to see some pictures of the entrance? <read more>
Food in China
We've had some amazing food here in China. Rat – bony, but the leg is okay. Squirrel – highly recommended. Dog – a bit fatty. 40 types of Fungus – tasty, but they smell vaguely of their origins (avoid the chicken liver fungus). <read more>

Caving in China

Da Dong (The rather un-original but accurately named "BIG CAVE")
... What I had thought was a corner was in fact an immense junction. I forded the river that had swollen to more than twice the size of the original and chose a survey station. Looking downstream into the inky blackness I reveled in the sudden drug like rush that once again began pounding through my veins causing the hairs on the back of my neck to stand on end. ... <read more>
Rigging in China
Rigging the caves and dolines of China proved to be very different to rigging caves back in Europe... When choosing your trees for rebelays I find the following guidelines helpful. For some reason the best positioned trees are always the dead ones. <read more>
Monkeys and Magic Men
.I took another long and, I hoped, appreciative-looking drag on the Chinese cigarette I'd been given--my fourth that morning. To my left, Anthony was doing the same ... we'd been convinced by other expedition members that refusing smokes would offend our hosts, who we hoped could tell us about cave entrances. So for the good of the expedition we were doing our best impressions of chimneys. ... <read more>
Nandan Joural, 2001
... Rob and I constructed the ultimate bob: two tubes tied together with a mess of webbing, and bits of bamboo for paddles. With the SS Bob we floated across the static pools in Cholera, getting wet cheeks ... <read more>