Houping 2004 Expedition Info for members

Info for members:

San Wang Dong

  1. Who's going?
    Accomodation in Er Wang Dong is with the Wang family. They have a limited number of beds, so the rule is no more than 3-4 cavers at a time.
  2. Where is Houping?
    Chongqing Municipality (formerly the eastern part of Sichuan Province), in the southwest of China. Houping is in the far northwest corner of Wulong County.
    For a map of Chongqing see here.
  3. What vaccinations do I need?
    The standard ones: Tetanus, Hepatitis A and B, Diptheria, Measles, Mumps, Rubella. Plus: Typhoid, Rabies, and Japanese B Encephalitis.
    For more information see the Health section.
  4. Do I need malaria pills?
    No. Chongqing is too far north for malaria.
    For more information see the Health section.
  5. What should I bring?
    Caving gear (boilersuit, SRT kit, electric light, etc.), sleeping bag, mosquito net (not needed in winter), surface clothes for warm weather in the summer or v. cold weather in the winter, rucksack for carrying heavy loads for 1-2 hours, group gear (see below), a Chinese phrasebook.
    Ma Wang Dong resurgence

    Houping has mains electricity about 75% of the time, so it is best to bring an electric caving light that will run both on rechargable and non-rechargable cells. Passages are often over 30m wide, so a bright lamp is essential for surveying.

    The caves are generally warm enough for boiler suits plus a thin thermal top, but some of the more interesting leads will require swimming.

    For more information see the Equipment section.
  6. How much will it cost to go to Houping?
    It should be: flight to Chongqing + 100 GBP (or 150 USD) for group gear + 5 to 6 USD per day
    There are also hidden expenses for insurance, visas, new personal gear, etc.
  7. What about group gear?
    See financesand equipment pages for more detailed info about gear deposits and what equipment is currently in China.

    In Houping we need to take a water filter and water containers. Things along the lines of school supplies, clothing, recent newspapers/magazines, and VCDs (there's no TV reception) make good presents for the locals. They also appreciate photos, so a disposable camera loaded with print film would be useful.
    If you have the following, please bring them out for the duration of the expedition: water filter, hammer drill and batteries, survey instruments,