22-Oct-2005 -- 一辆大巴把我们三个人(行者、老郝、闪电）扔到一个叫随阳店的小镇，然后绝尘而去。下车时我们测量了这个小镇的经纬度：32°01.999Ｎ， 112°58.678E 。老郝说这样的小镇在中国有一万多个，它们实在是太普通平凡了。
根据网站的猎点指引，32°N 113°E 在离随阳店东南方向绝约4．4公里的地方，在没去之前我们对那个地方一无所知，缺少感性认识。
After a bus took us three (me, Lao Hao, and Lightening) to a small town named Suiyangdian, it left us in dust. We measured this town's confluence: 32°01.999Ｎ， 112°58.678E. Lao Hao commented that there must be more than ten thousand towns like this in China. It was too ordinary.
According to the directions shown on the website, 32°N 113°E was supposed to be at around 4.4km southeast of Suiyangdian. We had absolutely no knowledge of this place before we got here, so we had had no perception what we would encounter.
We had a simple lunch at a small eatery alongside of the road. Although it was still early, we weren't quite sure when we could locate the confluence in the afternoon. Two truck drivers with sleepy eyes emerged from the eatery. They were transporting potatoes from Shanxi Province to Wuhan. The restaurateur's wife spoke to us with a strong accent of Suizhou dialect, which made us realize that when we passed that big city archway on the road just moment ago, we already entered another city--Suizhou. Suiyangdian was just the entry way to it. The west of Suizhou belonged to Zaoyang City, Xiangfan, and the east Tangxian County, Suizhou. The restaurateur's wife's Suizhou dialect was very lively and somewhat funny as well. She said, " It's gonna run (rain). I wanna take a true (train) to Bajing (Beijing)." It was a typical dialect in Suizhou. It was said the unique dialect belonged to a rare linguistic branch.
After lunch, we walked on National Highway 316 toward Shifo. After crossed a railway, we saw a milestone of Highway 316, on which number 1331 was written. We found ourselves in the countryside of northern Hubei Province. Villager's houses were built alongside of the highway. In front of every house, just picked cotton bolls were laying there to be dried. Lao Hao and Lightening were measuring with GPS while walking. I took some pictures behind them. Before we knew, we already reached Shifo. It was 2.5km from Suiyang to Shifo. On the side of the highway, there was the village's name plate placed by the local government. However, the gas station on the opposite of the road had a name "Shifu" on it. Probably they just mistakenly put on a "sound-alike" name plate there.
We needed to change our direction in Shifo to Southeast. After consulted with an elderly woman, we left the National Highway, and went south on a country road. It was a cloudless, windless day. The harvest season was at its peak. There were remaining cotton bolls in the field waiting to be picked. An old guy was fishing by a pond. The country road was muddy after days of autumn rain. It was covered with tire prints of cars, tractors, motorcycles, and bicycles. A tractor and a motorcycle passed us by with some joyous people sitting on them. One of these people, Feng Yang, a high school student from Zengdu High in Suizhou, came down from one of the vehicles and walked with us. His house was very close by.
After strolling for more than two kilometers on the country road, we check the GPS and compass, and decided to go towards east. A tiny village appeared in front of us. We saw a slogan was pained on the wall of a house with a distinctive Chinese flair: Skip one prenatal checkup, three-hundred-Yuan is the fine.
At 1:30 p.m., both Lao Hao and Lightening' GPS's have successfully located 32°N 113°E. It was at an after-harvest rice field in Shifo Village. They were constantly adjust their position to avoid deviations and find the exact location
The serene and tranquil field was basting in the warm autumn sun. The roosters in the village were crowing as if they had just waken up from their afternoon naps. From near and afar, the sound resonated in the field, amplified by the quietness of the surroundings. A stream dubbed Tashui Bridge River ran through the after-harvest rice field. It was a very pretty scenery. A 64-year-old villager, Xuikui Chen, was herding his cows on the field's ridge. He told us that he lived with his wife and together they took care of their two-Chinese-acre paddy fields. One of their grandsons was working in Guangzhou. Because of excessive rain this year, they had had a poor harvest season. However, it was not a problem to make a living. He added that nowadays the villagers did not have too heavy a burden due to good governmental policies. When we asked him about the history of Shifo Village. He answered, "There used to be a Stone Buddha (Shifo) Temple at the location where the village's name plate is now. Budhisattva was worshipped. In 1959, the temple got destroyed and the statue of Budhisattva was thrown into the river. Today, you cannot see a single trace of the temple."
Just then, Lightening asked me excitedly to take a picture. After numerous fine tuning, he finally located the exact confluence of 32°N 113°E. Lao Hao's GPS showed nine stars with an error of one thousandth of a second. There were slightly undulating hills around the location. Faraway in the north, a low mountain could be seen indistinctly. Lao Hao said that was called Jar Mountain, a part of Tongbo Mountain.
I photographed the four directions' views from this confluence, Shifo Village, the GPS showing of 32°00．000N 113°00．000E, and our group picture. When we were walking on the field's ridge on our way back, with a few feathery clouds above us, the silence fell on the ground again. Feeling the softness of the wind, we felt very blessed. According to Chinese lunar calendar's solar terms, the next day was Frost's Descent Day.
(Translation by Weilan P.)