28-Mar-2005 -- Continued from 29°N 120°E.
At 8 a.m. our bus departed Yongkang in Jinhua Prefecture bound for Linhai County in Taizhou Prefecture. The start of the journey was accompanied by light drizzle, but as the morning wore on, the sun eventually emerged, and it turned out a fine day. We disembarked at Baishuiyang Township, just inside the Linhai County border, with the confluence 16 kilometres northeast. We arrived just in time to catch a passing bus to Shuanggang Township, and arrived there at 11 a.m., the confluence now just 6.8 kilometres northeast. Our next objective was Huangtan Township, and this entailed an hour and a half's wait in Shuanggang for the next bus.
We arrived in Huangtan at 1:10 p.m. According to the satellite image, Huangtan is located in a large basin about three kilometres in diameter, at a considerably higher altitude than the surrounding land. Whatever caused this geological formation, it left Huangtan with an abundant supply of granite, which was evident all around. The stream flowing through town contained a lot, and spanning it was a pretty stone arch bridge. A large granite quarry was visible on the hill behind the town.
We left our bags in safekeeping at a shop in town then headed for the confluence, which was located in terraced hills 850 metres to the southwest. Getting to it proved relatively easy, and with good satellite reception we were soon able to get the zeroes on the GPS. Photos were taken facing north, south, east and west, as well as one of the two of us at the confluence point, which was in the corner of one of the terraced fields. As usual, we celebrated with another round of Tim's wife's brownies before departing the spot.
Story continues at 30°N 122°E.