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China : Hēilóngjiāng Shěng

2.2 km (1.4 miles) NNE of Daxijiang, Hēilóngjiāng, China
Approx. altitude: 236 m (774 ft)
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Antipode: 49°S 55°W

Accuracy: 4 m (13 ft)
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#2: GPS Reading #3: Ground Zero #4: The Confluence Hunter #5: The Ferry Boat #6: During the Ferry Crossing #7: View to the South #8: View to the West #9: View to the North #10: Bicycle in the Meadow

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  49°N 125°E (secondary) 

#1: The Confluence - View to the East

(visited by Rainer Mautz)

04-Aug-2008 -- This is the 22nd 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. The previous confluence was 50°N 125°E.

I had to recover from the exhausting visit to the last confluence, so I took it easy and cycled only 116 km from Dàyángshù (大杨树) to Tèkè (螣克) and stayed the night in this tiny place. When I arrived, a crowd of children followed me to the groceries, internet-café and even into my room. Tèkè didn’t have any hotel, but I found a friendly couple that provided some rooms for guests. I thought this town would be a good starting point for reaching the confluence next day – it is only 31 km beeline away. However, my hosts warned me that it is difficult to cross the river Nènjiāng (嫩江) directly from Tèkè. They suggested making a deviation southwards to Āyànqiǎn (阿彦浅) and taking a proper ferry further south.

The next morning I got up at 3:30 am and started cycling at 4:15 am. I followed the advice of my host family by making a huge deviation to the proper ferry. It was 5:30 am when I entered the ferry. Since the ferry crossing was scheduled at 7 am, I had some time to spent. The ferry-boat family invited me to have breakfast with them. It turned out to be one of the best meals on this trip – I got lavished on fresh fish with rice. I was not allowed to pay for the food and the ferry ticket. Friendliness in China is indescribable.

Now it was 7:30 am and my beeline distance had increased to 39 km. At least I was now on the right side of the Nènjiāng River. But there was no direct road towards the confluence. I took uncountable number of various county roads, coming through Qīnghé (清和), Fùyuán (富源) and finally to Dàxījiāng (大西江). The later town is 5 km from the confluence. From there, I approached further on farm tracks – but then found a road again that conveniently allowed to come within 100 m distance.

I pushed my bike into a meadow with high grass, but abandoned it at a distance of 30 m. The confluence site was in a beautiful flower meadow with bluebottles and yarrows.

I originally planed to finish my bike tour 50 km further south in the city of Nèhé (讷河) and take a train back to Běijīng, because I was running out of time. But strong winds were blowing northwards. So I spontaneously changed my mind and choose the town Nènjiāng (嫩江) – situated 30 km north-east of the confluence - as my final goal.

I reached Nènjiāng at 5 pm and took a hotel directly opposite the train station. I bought a train ticket to Běijīng for the next day 9 pm. This gave me opportunity to visit one more confluence point. But I had to realize that my trip was almost over. A sad feeling – I could have continued this great biking & confluencing trip for ever...

CP Visit Details:

  • Distance to an asphalt road: 100 m
  • Distance to a road: 100 m
  • Distance to a track: 89 m
  • Distance of parking the bike: 33 m
  • Distance to houses: 1.0 km
  • Time for hiking: 5 minutes
  • Time at the CP: 12:26 p.m.
  • Riding time (distance) that day: 8 hours (125 km)
  • Measured height: 238 m
  • Minimal distance according to GPS: 0 m
  • Position accuracy at the CP: 4 m
  • Topography: in the vicinity flat. Some hills can be seen.
  • Vegetation: meadow with flowers such as bluebottles, yarrows and Thymophylla tenuiloba (golden fleece). A row of willow trees next to the road.
  • Weather: hazy, 23° C (felt temperature)
  • Description of the CP: In the northern part of Hēilóngjiāng, in Nènjiāng (嫩江县) District, on agricultural land.
  • Given Name: The Ferry Deviation Confluence

Story continues at 49°N 126°E.


 All pictures
#1: The Confluence - View to the East
#2: GPS Reading
#3: Ground Zero
#4: The Confluence Hunter
#5: The Ferry Boat
#6: During the Ferry Crossing
#7: View to the South
#8: View to the West
#9: View to the North
#10: Bicycle in the Meadow
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