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China : Shānxī Shěng

1.5 km (0.9 miles) E of Wan'anli, Shānxī, China
Approx. altitude: 1010 m (3313 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 38°S 69°W

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#2: The 38N111E is situated in this village named Wan An Ping/38N111E 就在这个叫做“万安坪”的村子里 #3: GPS shows all zero/GPS读数为全零 #4: East(A hill)/东面是一座小山 #5: South/南方 #6: West/西方 #7: Xiao Baojin and children of Wan An Ping In the square(background is the School)/萧宝瑾和村里的孩子们在操场上合影,后面是小学 #8: The stage in the east of square(from left:Xiujin,Zhiyong,Xiaobo,Yunbin,Baojin,Tong and Yingzhe)/剧场前面合影 #9: Blooming Peach Blossoms/桃花朵朵开 #10: In the village./村中景象1

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#1: North of 38N111E (A henhouse)/北方是一个鸡舍

(visited by Xiao Yingzhe, Xiao Baojin, Qiu Xiaobo, Cui Yunbin, Li Tong, Xi Xiujin and Feng Zhiyong)

English Narrative

02-May-2005
寻找交叉点北纬38°东经111°
时间:2006年5月2日 天气:阴
队员:萧宝瑾、邱晓波、崔云斌、李通、郗绣锦、冯志永、萧英喆
消费:车票(往)50×7 = 350元人民币,(返)50×6 = 300(冯志永因中途下车通过协商免票);饮用水及食品不超过200元人民币,合计:850元人民币

五一节假期我们计划继续我们的找点活动。5月1日队员们在一起开了准备会,队员冯志永是这次目的地吕梁地区的人,他对那里的情况非常了解,成为我们这次旅途的向导,根据他的感觉,加上对该点地形的分析,这次旅程最大的困难可能在从太原到临县的路上,因为有一段相当长的普通公路,这段路因为经常跑大型运输车而路况很差,如果路况不理想,我们有可能无法当天返回。看来若想当天返回,我们需要一点运气。保险起见,决定次日一早出发,乘坐最早的长途,并且做好在外过夜的准备。

我们的荷兰队友,参加过前两次活动的Herman回国了,不能跟我们同行,是他把DCP介绍给我们的,为了表示对他的谢意,萧英喆特意穿上了一件橘红色印有荷兰国旗和地图的T-shirt.

5月2日早6:00我们在太原理工大学南校门集合,6:45在瓦窑村乘上太原经离石到临县的长途汽车,车上环境很差,规定承载28人的客车,竟然塞进了足足60人,坐在过道的队员尝到了站着比坐着还舒服的滋味。

太原至离石一段是高速公路,之后就是一段209国道和一段普通公路,我们都做好了“享受”颠簸的准备。很快,到了离石,9:03从高速路下来,汽车在离石市内逗留了一段时间,下了一些人,上了更多的人。9:46进入209国道。209国道比想象中路况好很多,向来很容易发生在国道上的交通堵塞并没有发生。速度很快,旅程十分顺利,于是大家又在期盼剩下的那段普通公路。幸运的是,这段普通公路去年重新翻修,路况也非常好,这给我们这次旅程带来了一片光明,使这次计划中预期的第一障碍立刻变得无影无踪。10:48顺利到达临县。这趟长途车虽然正式的终点站在临县,但是车主为了能挣更多的钱,延长了一段路程,这同时也给我们带来了方便,他们答应带我们继续北上把我们送到距离我们目的地更近的路旁。条件是他们要在临县等待半小时,拉更多跟我们同一方向的乘客。11:18分车继续出发,GPS显示我们在不断接近目的地,12分钟后,GPS的读数开始增加,说明我们过了最近点,开始远离了,于是我们赶快下车,这时GPS显示的距离是北偏西270米,我们来到公路旁一个村口(万安坪村),据估计,这个点应该就在村中或者附近。

进村后来到一片空地,这片空地东边是一个戏台,北边是村小学,有意思的是小学同时也是村政府和村委会的办公地。因此,这片空地可以说是多功能空地,既是小学的操场,也是一个露天剧场,说不定还是全村开会的场所。 很快,我们发现戏台后面有一个破路,方向正指向我们的目的地方位。我们毫不犹豫从坡路上去,邱晓波和李通跑在最前面,当我们再次赶上他们的时候,他们已经找到了目的地(11:45)。

这次这个点在一个鸡舍的旁边!幸运的是在旁边,而不是在屋顶。

没想到会这么容易就找到。新队员还比较兴奋,但是参加过前两次的队员,似乎都没有兴奋起来,有种有劲没使出来到的感觉,照了照片后,大家一起冲向了东边的一座小山,在山顶上休息并且吃午饭。山上有很多桃树,杏树和枣树,桃花已经开了,很美丽,让我们想起了现在最流行的歌曲,阿牛的《桃花朵朵开》。杏已经有了果实,但是非常小。

可能是季节原因,周围的风景并不美丽,光秃秃的土山,几乎没有绿颜色。

休整完毕,我们下山返回,途中看了看这个村的风土人情,看上去这是个并不太富裕的村子,耕地不多,但几乎家家养猪。山下一口很大的井,上面的辘轳引起了邱晓波和崔云斌的兴趣。12:20回到公路旁,打电话叫了一辆出租车,13:02出租车来接我们,7分钟后回到了临县县城的长途汽车站并登上长途车。

一直到14:02分,车才出发。返回的路与去的并不尽相同,其间在汾阳境内走了一段非常颠簸的路。途中大家都疲惫的睡着了。

19:35,回到了太原,队员在理工大学附近的庄户人家饭店共进晚餐,庆祝这次胜利。

这次旅途相对比较枯燥,而且找点的过程又是如此出其不意的短暂和简单,所以都没来得及发生什么故事就完成了一天的旅行。但是仍然有一个有价值的收获:一个了解目的地的向导(最好是当地人),对一次成功的旅行是非常有益的!冯志永是我们这次成功的关键。

评分:(五颗代表最高分,代表半颗星)

困难程度:★☆ 总体来讲很容易,但是长途的旅行,以及未知的路况带来一定困难。
趣味程度: 长途旅行以及紧迫的时间使得整个旅途非常乏味
环境风景:★☆ 桃花和未成熟的杏成为唯一的亮点
人文民风:★★ 典型的吕梁地区风土人情,朴实的农民,但没有遇到特殊的风俗

总体:★☆

建议:自驾车,不要做长途。如果能在当地过夜,会有较宽松的时间,能更多的接触到当地的风土人情。因为土非常大,所以最好不要选择风大的季节;选择合适的季节,比如夏天。

English Narrative

02-May-2006
Aim:38N°111E°
Date: 2nd-May-2006
Weather: overcast
Total Cost: 850 RMB. (Include: Fare, 650RMB; Food, about 200RMB)

Yesterday our team met to do the final preparations for the trip of visiting the point of 38N 111E. This point is situated at north of Lin county (5km N of Lin county). In our team, Feng Zhiyong is born near by Lin County. He said the distance is too long to arrive Lin County from Tai Yuan in one day. If we hope come back in one day, we should go early and also need a little cess. "This will be our first difficulty of this trip." Feng said.

The most important member of our team, Herman, had gone back to Netherland(His homeland). It's he that introduced DCP to us. Yingzhe wore a Orange T-shirt which was painted a Netherland nation flag and map, to show our appreciation of Herman.

In the early morning (6:00), the team gathered in the main door of Taiyuan University of Technology. And then we took the bus to Lin County in 6:45. (Fare: 50 RMB/Person). The condition of the bus was very bad. The bus was very dirty and not pleasant. Its standard capability is only 28 persons, but it took more than 55 persons.

It is very lucky that the highway from Tai Yuan to Li Shi was accomplished recently. All the members thought that we might come back in one day. The 180 km journey took over 3 hours, At 9:46, we arrived in Li Shi. Then our bus continued along #209 national road.

It is another felicity that the traffic jam, which is often happened in national road, wasn’t happen today! And the road seems newly be repaired. The bus can run at a higher speed of 65 km/h. The rest 60 km journey took over 1 hours. We reached Lin at 10:48. The bus driver said he can do an extra drive for us to a more near place to the point, but we should wait for more passengers who went to the same direction. After a half hour of waiting for other passengers, the bus ran again. (11:18)

At 11:30, we arrived a village named Wan An Ping. GPS showed that it was only 270m distance from the road to the aim point and the point may be situated in the south of the village. There are a small square in the village. A school, which is also the office of villager committee, is in north of the square; a stage in east. Although it is quite small, the square must be a multifunctional square – a playground of school, an open-air theater and even an open-air meeting hall.

We found a way behind the stage and run along the way. Soon Qiu Xiao Bo and Li Tong reached the terminal first (11:45). Quite easy and unexpected!

The point is near by a henhouse. Fortunately, it is not on the top of the henhouse. The landscape was not very beautiful. Maybe, it was not a right season. Every member had more energy, we decided climb the hill in east of the point and had lunch on the top of the hill. On the hill, there are some peach trees, almond trees and jujube trees. Peach blossoms are blooming, very beautiful. This made us think of a pop music named Blooming Peach Blossoms (Tao Hua Duo Duo Kai).

After taking some photos and having a lunch, we went back from the hill and reached the road at 12:20. And then we took a taxi to the bus station of Lin.

At 14:02, the bus started. The bus came back in a different way and arrived Tai Yuan at 19:35.We had supper together to celebrate this successful visit.

Because it was an easy trip, No interesting thing happened. But we draw the conclusion: a indigene guide is very important. Feng acted the important role successfully in this trip.

Rating: (The highest level: ★★★★★; = a half )
Challenge level: ★☆ It’s not very difficult to reach the point, but the long journey in bus and unknown road condition increase the difficulty.
Interest level: Long distance journey and Time limit make the trip insipid.
Scenery level: ★☆ Blooming Peach Blossoms is the only highlight.
Culture and Folkway: ★★ Typical Lv Liang(吕梁) Culture, Plain farmer.

Total: ★☆

Suggestion: To drive by yourself; stay in the Lin County at least 1 day; don’t go there in a windy season because of the heavy dirt; choose a best season, such as summer.

(Noted by Cui Yunbin
Written by Xiao Yingzhe)


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#1: North of 38N111E (A henhouse)/北方是一个鸡舍
#2: The 38N111E is situated in this village named Wan An Ping/38N111E 就在这个叫做“万安坪”的村子里
#3: GPS shows all zero/GPS读数为全零
#4: East(A hill)/东面是一座小山
#5: South/南方
#6: West/西方
#7: Xiao Baojin and children of Wan An Ping In the square(background is the School)/萧宝瑾和村里的孩子们在操场上合影,后面是小学
#8: The stage in the east of square(from left:Xiujin,Zhiyong,Xiaobo,Yunbin,Baojin,Tong and Yingzhe)/剧场前面合影
#9: Blooming Peach Blossoms/桃花朵朵开
#10: In the village./村中景象1
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