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China : Nèi Měnggǔ Zìzhìqū (Inner Mongolia)

14.9 km (9.3 miles) WNW of Shuangwopu (Gānsù), Nèi Měnggǔ, China
Approx. altitude: 2167 m (7109 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 39°S 79°W

Accuracy: 14.1 km (8.8 mi)
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#2: GPS Reading #3: Morning on the Desert Road

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#1: NO ATTMITTANCE Signpost

(visited by Rainer Mautz)

15-Jul-2011 -- This attempt is part of a bicycle trip along the Great Wall of China. The story starts at 41°N 115°E. The previous report is 39°N 102°E.

As usual I had an early start at 5:30 AM departing from the town Ālāshàn Yòuqí (阿拉善右旗) with a beeline distance of 63 km to the confluence. Even though I hadn’t digested well the hot pot of the previous night and feeling accordingly weak, I simply didn’t want to oversleep the pleasantly cool morning.

At 11 AM I reached the turnoff from the main road at a distance of 14 km to the confluence point. There was an industrial facility protected by a high fence. At the intersection a big sign with engraved capital letters ’NO ADMITTANCE’ disinvited for any further attempt. Missing an alternative, I decided to skip this point, which is located remotely in the Lóngshǒu Mountain Range (龙首山).

Revisiting Google Maps, I saw that it should be possible to go around that facility. Then the road should bring a future confluence hunter quite close to his goal.

I continued the main road, climbed the mountain range and coasted down into the Héxī Corridor (河西走廊) in Gānsù province. I spent the night in the town Shāndān (山丹县).

CP Visit Details:

  • Distance to an asphalt road: 14 km
  • Distance to a track: 400 m (according Google Earth)
  • Distance to houses: 700 m
  • Time at turning around: 11:00 a.m.
  • Minimal distance according to GPS: 14.1 km
  • Topography: mountainous terrain
  • Weather: sunny, 30° C (felt temperature)
  • Description of the CP: In the Autonomous Region Inner Mongolia right next to the border of Province Gānsù, desert.
  • Given Name: The NO ATTMITTANCE Confluence

Story continues at 39°N 100°E.


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#1: NO ATTMITTANCE Signpost
#2: GPS Reading
#3: Morning on the Desert Road
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