Inside Er Wang Dong’s Cloud Ladder Hall
Photos of Er Wang Dong, a cave with a room so large it has its own weather system, have recently been featured by the Daily Mail.
Photographed last year during a month long expedition to the Chongquing province of China, Er Wang Dong surprised cavers when a cloud was discovered obscuring the roof of one particularly large room.
The roof is well over 250m above and completely hidden amongst the cloud and although it can’t be seen due to the thick cloud that lingers around I could hear my echo reverberate around and several seconds later, remind me of the volume of empty space and my remote location. Robbie Shone, Cave Photographer
Measuring about 51,158 square meters (550,660 square feet), with a roof well over 250 meters (820 feet) above, the appropriately named Cloud Ladder Hall is one of the largest cave chambers in the world.
Thick cloud and fogs hangs in the upper half of the cave, where it gets trapped and unable to escape through the small passage in the roof. Robbie Shone, Cave Photographer
Er Wang Dong, along with its neighboring San Wang Dong, are some of the longest caves in China.