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Myanmar (Burma) : Mandalay

2.5 km (1.6 miles) SW of Kunywa, Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma)
Approx. altitude: 281 m (921 ft)
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Antipode: 21°S 85°W

Accuracy: 4 m (13 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: View to the South #3: View to the West #4: View to the North #5: View to the East #6: GPS reading #7: Ground zero #8: The Confluence Hunter #9: Local spectators #10: The nearby temple hill #11: View from hilltop towards the Confluence #12: Ancient temple in 450 m distance

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  21°N 95°E (visit #3)  

#1: The Confluence from 25 m

(visited by Rainer Mautz)

10-Jan-2014 -- This is the 4th out of 5 reports reaching or attempting confluence points in Myanmar. The story starts from 14°N 99°E. The previous report is 17°N 96°E

The confluence point is located near the road between Kyaukpadaung and Nyaung-U, which is right next to Bagan, the well-known area of 2000 ancient temples and pagodas.

From Bagan I started cycling at 10 AM following the road towards Kyaukpadaung southwards for about an hour (25 km). At a beeline distance of 2.6 km I left the nice asphalt cover to continue on a track with deep sand. I traversed 2 villages (pushing or attempting to ride the bike). The locals helped me to find my way – which is actually amazing because they could not exactly know where I was heading to. At a distance of 600 m I traversed the railroad and a dry riverbed. At 93 m distance I abandoned my bicycle and left the path. A group of young spectators watched me confluence dancing.

The exact location is at the edge of an already harvested field. There are scattered fan palms and there is also a nice lake nearby. Although the area is flat, there is a temple hill in 370 m distance from the confluence point. From the hilltop, there is a great view into the plains below. On the foot of the hill there is an ancient, overgrown temple.

At 2 PM I was back to Bagan. Still enough time to visit some of the temples together with Elionora for the rest of the day.

CP Visit Details:

  • Distance to the road: 2.6 km
  • Distance of bicycle parking: 93 m
  • Time to reach the CP from the road: 30 min
  • Time at the CP: 12:18 PM
  • Measured height: 283 m
  • Minimal distance according to GPS: 0 m
  • Position accuracy: 4 m
  • Topography: mostly flat with a hill nearby
  • Vegetation: fan palms, arcadia trees, dry grass, dry agricultural fields
  • Weather: sunny, 29° C (felt temperature)
  • Given Name: The Buddhist Hill Confluence

The story finishes at 22°N 96°E.

Further pictures of our bicycle trip can be found here.


 All pictures
#1: The Confluence from 25 m
#2: View to the South
#3: View to the West
#4: View to the North
#5: View to the East
#6: GPS reading
#7: Ground zero
#8: The Confluence Hunter
#9: Local spectators
#10: The nearby temple hill
#11: View from hilltop towards the Confluence
#12: Ancient temple in 450 m distance
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