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China : Hēilóngjiāng Shěng

7.7 km (4.8 miles) WSW of Kuidongtun, Hēilóngjiāng, China
Approx. altitude: 225 m (738 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 48°S 55°W

Accuracy: 3 m (9 ft)
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#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: The village Xinifutun in 500 m distance #10: In the Village Haicheng 1 km from the Confluence

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  48°N 125°E  

#1: The Confluence from 20 m

(visited by Rainer Mautz)

21-Jul-2012 -- This is the 12th out of 20 confluence points that I reached on a bicycle trip to the North-East of China. The narrative of the trip starts from 41°N 117°E.

Crossing the Nènjiāng River (嫩江) turned out to be a problem since there was no bridge. So I went southwards deviating about 20 km to the district town Fùyù (富裕). The final approach that I took to get to the confluence point was a bit careless: I left the road network far too early and ended up 3 km from the confluence in the mud. But being too proud to admit a mistake, I tried to continue straight forward, which ended up in a little disaster. Partially I had to even carry my bicycle. But I can now proudly say that I never did turn back…

It turned out that there is an unpaved road up to a distance of about 100 m, so a potential second visitor would not even have to leave the road network to make a successful visit. The exact location is in a corn field. There is little to note for this confluence point (which is actually rarely the case for confluences). So maybe that is special about it: its normality.

The only feature besides the corn plants was a mobile sprinkler system for irrigation.

I continued eastwards because my goal was to visit all the confluence points on the 48th latitude until I would reach the Russian border. At sunset, I reached the district town Kèshān (克山县).

CP visit details:

  • Distance to an asphalt (or concrete) road: 7 km
  • Distance to a track: 111 m
  • Distance to a footpath: 111 m
  • Duration of the hike to reach the CP: 2 minutes
  • Distance of bicycle parking: 110 m
  • Distance to houses: 400 m
  • Time at the CP: 12:50 PM
  • Measured height: 228 m
  • Minimal distance according to GPS: 1 m
  • Position accuracy at the CP: 3 m
  • Topography: flat
  • Vegetation: corn
  • Weather: sunny, 25° C (felt temperature)
  • Given Name: The Corn Sprinkler Confluence

Story continues at 48°N 126°E.


 All pictures
#1: The Confluence from 20 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: The village Xinifutun in 500 m distance
#10: In the Village Haicheng 1 km from the Confluence
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