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China : Nèi Měnggǔ Zìzhìqū (Inner Mongolia)

1.2 km (0.7 miles) E of Daur, Nèi Měnggǔ, China
Approx. altitude: 271 m (889 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 48°S 57°W

Accuracy: 3 m (9 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: View to the South #3: View to the West #4: View to the North #5: View to the East #6: GPS Reading #7: Ground Zero #8: The Confluence Hunter #9: Confluence Hunter with the same Red Shirt of 2008 #10: Dáwòěrmínzúxiāng same view at 2008

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  48°N 123°E (visit #2)  

#1: The Confluence from 20 m

(visited by Rainer Mautz)

20-Jul-2012 -- This is the 10th out of 20 confluence points that I reached on a bicycle trip to the North-East of China. The narrative of the trip starts from 41°N 117°E.

At this confluence point, I crossed the route of my bicycle tour back in 2008. So this visit was a good opportunity to detect changes of the environment.

The confluence point is easily accessible from the city of Zhālántún (扎兰屯市) which is 20 km to the west. A major highway leads up to 3 km distance and a concrete slab road up to 320 m. In the same way as 4 years ago, I abandoned the bike at 80 m and then faced again the problem of crossing over a ditch.

Comparing the confluence point with the visit in 2008, we can see that that it is still located in a corn field. There is now an additional grave and the two trees have grown a bit, see 2008 and 2012. Comparing the confluence hunter, we can see that his red shirt is still functional even though 200 confluence visits lay in-between those images, see 2008 and 2012. The next village in 1 km distance, called Dáwòěrmínzúxiāng (达斡尔民族乡) went through minor changes. The sun has desaturated formerly blue roofs into a light blue color.

I continued eastwards on the main road to Arunqi where I had lunch. I noticed that it became feasible to visit one more confluence point at the same day.

CP visit details:

  • Distance to an asphalt (or concrete) road: 320 m
  • Distance to a track: 80 m
  • Distance to a footpath: 80 m
  • Duration of the hike to reach the CP: 5 minutes
  • Distance of bicycle parking: 80 m
  • Distance to houses: 850 m
  • Time at the CP: 8:13 AM
  • Measured height: 275 m
  • Minimal distance according to GPS: 0 m
  • Position accuracy at the CP: 3 m
  • Topography: hilly, located in a valley
  • Vegetation: corn, soybeans, forests on the mountains nearby
  • Weather: sunny, 31° C (felt temperature)
  • Given Name: The Brad’s Red Bikeshirt Confluence

Story continues at 48°N 124°E.


 All pictures
#1: The Confluence from 20 m
#2: View to the South
#3: View to the West
#4: View to the North
#5: View to the East
#6: GPS Reading
#7: Ground Zero
#8: The Confluence Hunter
#9: Confluence Hunter with the same Red Shirt of 2008
#10: Dáwòěrmínzúxiāng same view at 2008
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