Hong Meigui Yunnan 2003 was a 5-week caving expedition to Yunnan Province, China. The expedition was affiliated to the Hong Meigui (HMG) Cave Exploration Society, an international society based in China.
This expedition built on work carried out by the HMG Yunnan 2001 and 2002 expeditions [HMG02]. Before 2001, little cave exploration had been carried out in the north of the province. HMG Yunnan 2001 and 2002 had carried out wide preliminary reconnaissance work across north Yunnan. One mountain range, just to the west of the town of Zhongdian ( ), was identified as particularly promis- ing: geological maps indicated large blocks of limestone, the altitude difference between the mountaintops and the Jinsha Jiang ( ; Yangtze river) made for a potential cave depth in excess of 2000m, and some caves had already been found.
The main focus for 2003, therefore, was a return to this mountain range, with the hope of finding and exploring caves that might begin to realize this depth potential.
The expedition’s core membership comprised four cavers supported by Oxford University, and five other members of the Hong Meigui Cave Exploration Society. The expedition worked with the Geography Department of Yunnan University; two members of that department joined the expedition for parts of its time in the field.Commentaires :