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China : Héběi Shěng

6.3 km (3.9 miles) NNW of Hongjiatun, Héběi, China
Approx. altitude: 120 m (393 ft)
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Antipode: 40°S 62°W

Accuracy: 4 m (13 ft)
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#2: GPS Reading #3: Ground Zero #4: The Confluence Biker #5: Panorama South #6: Panorama North #7: A Goatherd walking by #8: Village 400 m Beeline to the North

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  40°N 118°E (visit #2)  

#1: The Confluence from 25 m

(visited by Rainer Mautz)

09-Jul-2008 -- This is the second 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 the successful visit of 40°N 117°E in the morning, I continued cycling on road 102 in eastern direction. I missed the turn-off to this confluence and went all the way to Fēngrùn (丰润). Nevertheless, I didn’t want to skip this easy confluence and took road no 112 north-west. The deviation from my route was 19 km (beeline distance) but I was able to reach the confluence within one hour. First, I came through the town Dàdǎngyù (大党峪), which is 1 km beeline from the confluence. Leaving the town at its northern end, I found a turn-off that brought me directly to the confluence point. The track was a little rough, I passed through a village and went up a hill, but hit the confluence directly. At the confluence, I rewarded myself with a watermelon.

The confluence is a nice place with a beautiful view into the valley and the surrounding mountains. While I enjoyed my fruit, a couple goatherds came by.

The later part of that day turned out to be not so pleasant. I went back to Fēngrùn, but made the mistake not to spend the night there. Instead, I wanted to challenge myself and continued riding further towards the east, but I ended up not finding a place to stay. During the Olympic Games, there were some strict rules that didn’t allow foreigners to spend the night in small places. I ended up deviating to the south and staying in the town Gǔyě (古冶).

CP Visit Details:

  • Distance to an asphalt road: 1300 m
  • Distance to a road: 1300 m
  • Distance to a track: 0 m
  • Distance of parking the bike: 0 m
  • Distance to houses: 400 m
  • Time starting the deviation: 14:00 p.m.
  • Time at the CP: 15:05 p.m.
  • Riding time (distance) from Beijing: 8:54 hours (181.6 km)
  • Measured height: 127 m
  • Minimal distance according to GPS: 0 m
  • Position accuracy at the CP: 4 m
  • Topography: mountainous. A flat plane to the south.
  • Vegetation: bushes, flowers, pine tree, orchard nearby
  • Weather: sunny but hazy, 26° C (felt temperature)
  • Description of the CP: In eastern Hebei Province. A little elevated above a valley. Generally populated area.
  • Given Name: The Goatherds Confluence

Story continues at 40°N 119°E.


 All pictures
#1: The Confluence from 25 m
#2: GPS Reading
#3: Ground Zero
#4: The Confluence Biker
#5: Panorama South
#6: Panorama North
#7: A Goatherd walking by
#8: Village 400 m Beeline to the North
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