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China : Gānsù Shěng

11.8 km (7.3 miles) SE of Parma, Gānsù, China
Approx. altitude: 3440 m (11285 ft)
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Antipode: 34°S 78°W

Accuracy: 3 m (9 ft)
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#2: View to the North #3: View to the East #4: View to the South #5: View to the West #6: GPS reading #7: Ground Zero #8: The Confluence Hunter #9: Bicycle parking in 580 m distance #10: Mǎqū Town and a Tibetan dog #11: Yellow River as seen from the confluence point

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  34°N 102°E  

#1: The Confluence from 20 m distance

(visited by Rainer Mautz)

23-Jul-2015 -- This is the 12th out of 17 reports of confluence visits while cycling from Kashgar (喀什) to Xī'ān (西安). I cycled through the Chinese provinces of Xīnjiāng, Qīnghǎi, Gānsù, and Shǎnxī, 3600 km in 25 days. The story starts from 39°N 76°E. The previous report is 35°N 101°E.

In the morning, I started cycling from Kēshēng (柯生乡), which is located 40 km from the confluence point. As soon as I entered the limits of Gānsù Province, the road-surface wasn’t sealed anymore.

The confluence is located 5 km from the town Mǎqū (瑪曲县). There are two tracks leading to Mǎqū when coming from the west. In order to come close to the confluence, I had to take the lower and less frequently used route. As everywhere, yaks and shepherds are omnipresent in the area. I was happy, when I noticed that the confluence area was an exception: around the confluence no one was present. I parked my bicycle at the track in 580 m distance and ran across the flat meadow to the confluence as the crows fly. As could be expected I located the confluence on grassland. Edelweiss and other to me unknown flowers were growing around the point. The Yellow River can be seen directly from the confluence (from 700 m distance). There are two very poor villages within 1 km to the confluence point.

After the visit, I walked back to my bike and continued riding towards Mǎqū. I was chased by Tibetan dogs! Several times I had to throw stones towards them in order to defend myself. One time, a dog bit in my paniers! Nevertheless, I reached Mǎqū with two healthy legs and had my second breakfast there.

CP Visit Details:

  • Distance to the road: 2 km
  • Distance to a track: 580 m
  • Walking distance: 580 m
  • Distance of bicycle parking: 580 m
  • Time to reach the CP from the track: 3 min
  • Time at the CP: 9:21 AM
  • Measured height: 3341 m
  • Minimal distance according to GPS: 0 m
  • Position accuracy: 3 m
  • Topography: flat, mountains in some distance
  • Vegetation: grass, edelweiss, various flowers
  • Weather: cloudy, 8° C (felt temperature)
  • Given Name: The Panier Biting Dog Confluence

The story continues at 34°N 103°E.


 All pictures
#1: The Confluence from 20 m distance
#2: View to the North
#3: View to the East
#4: View to the South
#5: View to the West
#6: GPS reading
#7: Ground Zero
#8: The Confluence Hunter
#9: Bicycle parking in 580 m distance
#10: Mǎqū Town and a Tibetan dog
#11: Yellow River as seen from the confluence point
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