the Degree Confluence Project

China : Héběi Shěng

2.2 km (1.4 miles) ESE of Chanfang, Héběi, China
Approx. altitude: 495 m (1623 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 37°S 66°W

Accuracy: 5 m (16 ft)
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#2: east #3: south #4: west #5: north #6: gps view #7: visitor at CP #8: on our way back to road #9: village near the CP #10: a cute goat near the road

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  37°N 114°E (visit #1)  

#1: CP is in the small valley, 50m from camera position

(visited by Lei Wang and Lei Zou)

English Narrative

05-Feb-2005 -- 从我们地图和srtm数据来看,N37E114位于太行山脉深处,在蝉房附近的山坡上,距离公路大概500米左右。这是我们此次旅行的第一个山区交汇点。






去下一个点的途中,开始下大雪,我们只好放弃原来的计划,逃回北京,详细情况请看: www.abovecloud.com

English Narrative

05-Feb-2005 -- From the map and srtm data, we found this point is in Taihang Mountain, and some 500 meters from road, more attractive than the previous ones.

Leave 37N 115E about 8:00, we drive to west. 8:50, we arrived Xing Tai, an big city in HeBei province, and it cost us half an hour to croos the city. Alone the "province road", there are huge truck on road, we have to pay more attention to over drive them. We drive in the mountain zone, and play with our digital map on computer, we load 3D map in oziexplorer to help us understand the road trends. 10:10, we turn left to another road, there is almost nor cars. It's silent and snow and ice on the road occasionally, we slow down. The moutains beside the road are beautiful and steep, we hope the CP beside the road is not as steep as these ones. 10:37, we cross the last village, Chanfang.

10:40, we stopped our jeep and found that the CP is 450 meters on our left hand (norhern to our position). The hills is too steep to climb, so we driver back for 300 meters and found a small trek to climb. The trek disappears after 50 meters, luckily the vegetation is not flourish here. We climb with our "four foot" to reach the ridge of the hill, and found the CP hide behind anohter ridge. We try to follow the ridge to approach the CP, it will save our strength. We found the CP may be in the valley, it's 100 meters from the ridge. Down hill is not easy in steep hiil, we have to do it carefully. The trees on the hill are not amiability, full of sting.

Finally we reached the CP in the valley, near a small rock. And we found there is a small trek to a village nearby. Hills surround the CP. After take photos, we follow the trek to the village then to the road. It's easy than trek back, and cost more time, since we have to walk alone the road for about 2km to find our car.

11:50 we back to our warm jeep, and have some hamburger, chicked, cola as lunch.

Then we head to 38N 114E, it cost us more than five hours in the mountain. When we almost reach the CP it began to snow, after we found lots of big trucks jam in the road and some of them rolls out of road, we decided to end our trip and back to Beijing. We back to the super highway from Taiyuan to ShiJiaZhuang, and found the other side of the way were closed. It's 17:50, I found the road to slipery and I hardly can stand on it. I turn on all of my light, swap to 4WD mode, and limit me speed to 50km/hour. Despite of the dangerous, scene is very beautiful, we bring our DV and record it.

At 11:00 pm, we back to our home and end our two days conlfuence trip, with four successful CP and lots of good memory.

We will be back soon.

More info:abovecloud.com

 All pictures
#1: CP is in the small valley, 50m from camera position
#2: east
#3: south
#4: west
#5: north
#6: gps view
#7: visitor at CP
#8: on our way back to road
#9: village near the CP
#10: a cute goat near the road
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