After successfully finding N41E117 we loved to
talk about that time and about the pleasure we had in finding that spot. Going
on the road again to find N40E114 made us very excited. From the map we saw the
point was more than 10 kilometers west of the county seat of Yangyuan and 4
kilometers south of the road.
8:15We started from Beijing after 8 AM and traveled west along Highway
109. When we reached the top of Lingshan there were snowflakes blowing around
and we had to be extremely careful driving our Jeep over the snow-covered road.
At noon, we arrived in Taohua and entered into an old shop to eat mutton. We
inquired about Xiaowutai Mountain, but were told that we could not enter so we
had to give up that idea. There were three purposes to this trip: 1) to find
the confluence point, 2) go mountain climbing at Xiaowutai Mountain, and 3) to
go to Wei County to see the paper-cuts. Xiaowutai Mountain is the first choice
for Beijing outdoor amateur mountaineers and Wei County is known throughout
China for its paper-cuts.
15:00 On Highway 109 we saw a church and inside the courtyard the
children look as lovely as angels. At nearly 4 PM along Highway 109 we arrive
in the town of Yangyuan. Along the old road is a new parallel highway under
construction called the Xuanda (Xuanhua-Datong) Expressway. We did not take the
expressway since it was necessary to stay on the local road. From Yangyuan
heading west more than 10 kilometers we noticed that the confluence point is 18
kilometers straight ahead which later becomes to 4.55 kilometers to the left.
The highway marker is 305.7 at this point on Highway 109.
16:00From this point to the south is a dirt road passing the Xuanda
Expressway and entering the villages of Dongdaliu and Xiaoshizhuan. More than
300 meters after passing through Xiaoshizhuan we gradually get closer to the
confluence point until the GPS says we are within 1 meter of the point. We are
very excited and lucky to have found the point so easily. The point is
centrally located, if this were during the corn growing season, we would only
see a wall of tall green crops in all directions. After taking the photos we
do not go further south to see Sanggan River shown as on the map because it was
a cloudy day, otherwise we could have taken a photo of "The sun shining on the
banks of the Sanggan River."
The adobe brick room of Xiaoshizhuang looks like it has not escaped poverty.
Let us feel for the 900 million farmer until they are well-off. Only then can
we say that China is rich and powerful.
(Translated by: Peter Cao)