China Matters documents surprising exploration of Asia’s largest cave


The Shuanghe cave system is the largest in Suiyang City. It stretches over 300 kilometers, making it the largest network of caves in Asia. Huge rock structures, deep chasms and other natural structures are the most visited parts of the cave. They have been fitted with lights that create spectacular displays of limestone formations.

And surprisingly, they have been slowly created over the past few million years. But this brightly lit part of the cave is only a small fraction of the 300 kilometer long cave system. Explorers and researchers continue to roam the unknown reaches of this underworld, slowly adding to the ever-growing map of Guizhou vast network of caves.

Delighted to witness first hand the natural beauty of Guizhou karst landscape, Jack of China matters heads to Suiyang’s Shuanghe Cave where he meets a longtime caver John Bottazzi from France. He has lived in these parts of caves for over 20 years, helping to put these caves on a map. But venturing into a cave is no easy task.

Our host Jack cuts to the chase as he races down the cliffs and scales the cave walls to talk to Jean about his work uncovering the world hidden within the caves.

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