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China : Nèi Měnggǔ Zìzhìqū (Inner Mongolia)

16.4 km (10.2 miles) W of Hujiawanzi, Nèi Měnggǔ, China
Approx. altitude: 1309 m (4294 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 43°S 63°W

Accuracy: 5 m (16 ft)
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  43°N 117°E  

#1: 43N 117E

(visited by CHINA ABOVECLOUD CONFLUENCE SEARCHING TEAM, Lei Wang and Lei Zou)

15-Apr-2006 -- 这个点位于著名的旅游景点达赖湖附近,从电子地图上看,为了从公路到达这个点,需要穿越大约100公里的浑善达克沙漠路段。但是从最新的纸介地图看,有一条新修的省道正好通过这个点附近,这应该属于内蒙古省内高速公路的一部分,有了他的帮助,剩下的任务就是尽情享受沙漠风光了。从三维地图上看,目标点位于一个巨大河谷的河岸上,河谷宽大约1.5公里,高差大约150米,我们将这个点命名为“大峡谷”。奇怪的是,从卫星遥感图上看,河谷中似乎又很宽的水面,但从《全中国电子地图》上看,河谷里居然还有村子和道路,很让人费解,只能到当地再看了。

周五晚上从北京出发,道路堵塞严重,穿越八达岭高速公路,到达张家口,居然大部分饭馆都已经打烊了,郁闷。好不容易找到一家羊肉馆子,手艺一般。重新出发,在前方发现一个武装到牙齿的吉普,感觉有点像队友,犹豫了一下超越了过去。没想到那个20马上冲了回来,冲我们又是按喇叭,又是晃灯,看来果然是队友。打开对讲机,原来同伴虽然不认识我的新车,但看到了副驾位置上的笔记本立马认出了我们。看来这个东西在晚上还是很扎眼的。

第二天一早,发现张北气温远远低于零度,加了0号柴油的改装2020已经无法启动了。于是浇开水,用炉子烤等办法都用上了。终于在差不多十点钟的时候,把车给鼓捣着了。县城国营加油站都没有柴油,只能去私人加油站添加。沿着地图上那条公路,果然顺利到达目标点附近10公里了,这时候2020已经忍不住了,根本不去找最好的道路,直接下路,开始了沙漠地段。道路不错,一直有车辙,到达目标点附近2公里为止。绕了一会看看没有更好的路,只好把牧民的铁丝网暂时拉下来,压过去。至还有大约500米的地方,车辆似乎无法通行了,所有人下车,徒步过去。茂密的灌木制造了一些麻烦,但很快大家就爬上了山脊,眼前顿时豁然开朗:一条蓝白色的大河横亘眼前,非常壮观,河面的还没有完全开冻。看来地图还是要相信的,三位图上看到的大峡谷,遥感图上的有水的大河都在眼前了。估计是下游的某个地方修建了一个拦河坝,淹没了村庄,形成了巨大的水面。

回程的路同样艰辛,大家选择了横穿沙漠,基本上没有成型的道路,只能在沙漠中沿着车辙乱跑。导航任务繁重,看准大概的方向,选择比较好走的道路。好在有去年51期间的默契,一切顺利。傍晚在沙漠中露营,寒冷异常,只能点起篝火取暖。北京已经是春暖花开单衣单裤了,这里不穿大衣马上就冻透了。都是老油条了,都以为别人会带很多肉,于是基本上就只有酒,没有肉了,三个和尚没水喝啊!第二天的沙漠路段走得大家有点绝望,道路弯弯曲曲,完全没有去年草原高速公路的畅快感觉。终于回到公路,不久就发现改装了iveco发动机的2020机油循环系统出了问题,车子抱缸,只能找大车背回北京,更换新发动机。。。。。

更多信息:www.abovecloud.com

15-Apr-2006 -- From our electronic map, we found the target point lies on the cliff of a grand canyon, which is about 1.5km width and 150 meters high. It's strange that the canyon full of water on our LANDSAT satelite map, but small villages at the bottom of the river on our vector map.

The road to target is easy since their is a new super highway leads us to our target, and only less than 10 kilometers desert road left. Our accompanier is very exciting when get off from the super highway, he loves offroad very much. When we stand at the point, we realize all the maps are correct: their is a great canyon and a big river, perhaps their is a dam nearby, the river is almost one kilometers width. The vector map is old, small villages disappears.

The way back is not easy, more than 100 kilometers desert "road". navigation is not easy too, their is no beeline at all. Finally when we back to highway, we found something wrong with the lubricating oil system of our jeep, it forces us to find a truck to carry our jeep back, and replace a full engine for that jeep. An expensive trip, more than 5000 US$.

More info: www.abovecloud.com


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