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China : Gānsù Shěng

6.0 km (3.7 miles) SSW of Shuanggucheng, Gānsù, China
Approx. altitude: 1251 m (4104 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 40°S 81°W

Accuracy: 5 m (16 ft)
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  40°N 99°E  

#1: 40N 99E

(visited by CHINA ABOVECLOUD CONFLUENCE SEARCHING TEAM, Lei Wang and Lei Zou)

English Narrative

04-May-2006 -- 早晨听到胡狼小分队已经搞定了额济纳附近的点,遂决定拜访一下我们去额济纳路上的N40E99.从地图上看,这个点位于戈壁上面,距离最近的金塔县城大约10公里左右.地图上有一条黄色的细线--乡村道路通往交汇点附近.

从地图上红色的省级公路下来,我们发现地图上面的黄色细线(乡村道路)居然是一条非常漂亮的柏油路,这让我们很欣喜,以为大功告成了.但当我们到达应该有转的黄色细线附近的时候,才发现不但没有公路,连小路都没有.我们只能从村子穿过,但村边的天地和垃圾堆阻挡了我们的去路.转了半天,没有办法,只能回到刚才的公路上,继续向前找可以下路的地方.终于在一个村子的边缘,找到了可以进入戈壁的途径.沿着沙漠中的车辙乱跑,因为车载的gps没有电子罗盘,一旦车子停下,就无分辨东南西北,这给辨别方向带来了很大的问题。

穿过戈壁,一些沙丘,终于重新看到了车辙。单车走戈壁,总是有些心里不踏实,路过沙丘的时候也不敢速度太低,以免陷车,结果从一个沙丘的陡边直直的摔了下去,撞到了apple的脑袋。

到交汇点附近,车子已经比较容易了,下车拿着笔记本,走了几十米,终于基本上都归零了。这是第一个用车载导航系统到达的交汇点,也是迄今为止到达的最远的交汇点。回程的路也不容易,原路返回显然太不划算了,径直向最近的村子开过去,但村边都是植物的根,很怕轮胎被扎,尽量躲避。但最后也管不了那么多了,终于在一处排水渠爬回了公路。仔细检查车辆,似乎没有太多损失,车胎也没有被扎的迹象。

很高兴,继续上路,前往额济纳。

更新信息:www.abovecloud.com

English Narrative

04-May-2006 -- From the map we found the confluence is about 10 kilometers from the nearest city, lies on desert, a small village road cross the point.

When we arrived the city and leave the highway, we found the village road is a new build highway, not a dirty road. After five kilometers drive, we should turn right towards the point, the beautify "village road" disappears and their is no road at all. We tried to cross the village and found a way, but failed. So we have to back to road and drive further to find other way.

Finally, after cross the desert and lots of dunes, we reached our target. It's the first time that we use a tablet navigation system to find a confluence point, lack of compass make the travel not easy.

The way back is not easy too, the root of plant is very dangerous to our tyre. We are very happy when we back to road safely.

More info: www.abovecloud.com


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