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China : Hénán Shěng

3.7 km (2.3 miles) NW of Datun, Hénán, China
Approx. altitude: 53 m (173 ft)
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Antipode: 36°S 65°W

Accuracy: 3 m (9 ft)
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#2: Ah Feng looking down a well in the middle of the fields #3: Horse-drawn cart #4: GPS #5: Curious local watching Targ take the GPS shot #6: Looking north #7: Looking south #8: Looking east, with the locals gathering around Ah Feng #9: The locals telling Ah Feng the name of the nearby village #10: Targ giving the locals a copy of the previous visitor's report

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  36°N 115°E (visit #2)  

#1: Looking west

(visited by Targ Parsons and Zifeng Liu)

12-Jul-2008 -- Story continues from 36°N 114°E.

We collect our bags from the hotel in Ānyáng, then catch the 3:30 p.m. bus SE to Púyáng City (濮阳市), where we check into the mediocre, but conveniently located, Xīnhuá Hotel (新华宾馆).

The following morning, at a bus stop opposite the bus station, we catch a commuter bus NE to Qīngfēng County (清丰县). In Qīngfēng, we find a bus going NW to Yángshào Township (阳邵乡) via Dàtún Township (大屯乡), which departs at 9:10 a.m. We disembark at the start of a side road just beyond a bridge, at 35°58'54.3"N 114°59'29.0"E. The confluence is 2.16 km NE.

We start walking down the side road, then along a series of tracks, and through the fields of peanuts and corn when there are no tracks to follow. In the middle of one field, we come upon a well. A little while later, we see a farmer with a horse-drawn cart.

Eventually we reach the confluence, which is located in a field of peanuts. While I'm photographing the GPS, a local comes over to see what I'm doing. I explain the significance of the spot as best I can. He expresses disappointment once he ascertains that there is no buried gold.

I then proceed to take photos of the views to the north, south, east and west. Meanwhile, a crowd of locals has started to gather around Ah Feng. They tell her the name of the nearby village: Qiánhánsìbīn (前寒泗滨村). I go over to join the group, and give them a copy of the previous visitor's report, which fortunately is in Chinese.

Finally, they tell us an easy way to get back to the main road, and following their instructions, we emerge at 36°0'33.4"N, 114°59'16.1"E, at a village called Bàolù (报录村), 1.5 km NW of the confluence. This turns out to be a different main road, but we don't have to wait long before a Púyáng bus comes by.

Story continues at 36°N 116°E.


 All pictures
#1: Looking west
#2: Ah Feng looking down a well in the middle of the fields
#3: Horse-drawn cart
#4: GPS
#5: Curious local watching Targ take the GPS shot
#6: Looking north
#7: Looking south
#8: Looking east, with the locals gathering around Ah Feng
#9: The locals telling Ah Feng the name of the nearby village
#10: Targ giving the locals a copy of the previous visitor's report
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