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China : Jílín Shěng

2.3 km (1.4 miles) SW of Houdagang, Jílín, China
Approx. altitude: 141 m (462 ft)
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Antipode: 46°S 57°W

Accuracy: 4 m (13 ft)
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#2: GPS Reading #3: Ground Zero #4: The Confluence Biker #5: Entering the Nearby Village #6: The Windmills Nearby #7: View to the South #8: View to the West #9: View to the North #10: View to the East

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  46°N 123°E  

#1: The Confluence

(visited by Rainer Mautz)

19-Jul-2008 -- This is the eleventh out of 23 confluences that I visited on my bicycle trip to the North-East of China. The story starts from 40°N 117°E.

After visiting 45°N 123°E at the previous day I stayed in Táonán (桃南) for the night. On confluence day, I woke up at 3:30 am and left the hotel at 4:20 am. As always, I headed further north. This time I rode on a new highway until I came to the city of Baicheng. In the city I had a really big breakfast consisting of 11 Baozi (dumplings). Note that in the north of China all dished tend to be huge.

From Baicheng I continued to Zhenlai town. On a small asphalted road I could reach a village called Qiándàgǎngtún (前大岗屯), which is less than 2 km from the confluence. Here I bought a watermelon in order to have it after a successful confluence hunt. The day was extremely hot and drying out my body. I left the village on the asphalted road and soon reached an intersection where I turned on a concrete slab road. This way I could approach the confluence up to a distance of 600 m. The final approach was not very difficult along farm tracks. First I determined the confluence to be in a cornfield again. But it turned out to be located on a beautiful piece of heath land. Not far from the confluence point, some windmills for power generation can be seen.

I rewarded myself with the long awaited watermelon. The actual adventure began after the visit: I did not want to ride back 20 km to Zhenlai and then take the main road. Instead I tried to short cut directly to Zhālàitè (扎赉特). So, I went further on the road towards the north. After only 6 km of a pleasant ride on nice surfaces, an 80-km-long stretch of extremely bad tracks begun. These were partially under construction, partially non-existent. Once, I slipped in a puddle and lost control of my bike. I landed in the ditch. Luckily, I and the bike were ok. The last parts of this stretch were endless. Not only the road conditions but also finding the right tracks was a challenge for me. I guess that I asked 30 times for directions.

However, after cycling 205 km I reached my place for the night in the last twilight. In most maps this place is written as Zhālàitè (扎赉特), but local people call it Zhaqi. I had – as usual – a big dinner and went to bed early in order to be ready for another big biking day.

CP Visit Details:

  • Distance to an asphalt road: 1.7 km
  • Distance to a road: 600 m
  • Distance to a track: 10 m
  • Distance of parking the bike: 0 m
  • Distance to houses: 1 km
  • Time for detour: 50 min
  • Time at the CP: 11:23 a.m.
  • Riding time (distance) from Táonán: 5:09 hours (103.1 km)
  • Measured height: 154 m
  • Minimal distance according to GPS: 0 m
  • Position accuracy at the CP: 4 m
  • Topography: flat
  • Vegetation: heath, herbs, clover, grass scattered poplar trees, corn field nearby.
  • Weather: fine, 32° C (felt temperature)
  • Description of the CP: In the north-east part of Jilin Province, in Zhenlai District, belongs to Jianping village. Located on fallow land, just 25 m from a corn field.
  • Given Name: The Heath and Windmill Confluence

Story continues at 47°N 123°E.


 All pictures
#1: The Confluence
#2: GPS Reading
#3: Ground Zero
#4: The Confluence Biker
#5: Entering the Nearby Village
#6: The Windmills Nearby
#7: View to the South
#8: View to the West
#9: View to the North
#10: View to the East
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