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China : Shāndōng Shěng

1.5 km (0.9 miles) SSW of Dongfenggang, Shāndōng, China
Approx. altitude: 3 m (9 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 38°S 62°W

Accuracy: 29 m (95 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: South #3: East - the hut for the fishery #4: North #5: GPS - 32 meters short of the all zeros point #6: Barefoot line hunters by the Conflunece Pond #7: Resting on the fishing net on the bank of the Confluence Pond #8: Setting up fishing net #9: Harvesting clams #10: Aerial view of the confluence area - mainly ponds and cannals

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  38°N 118°E (visit #1)  

#1: Confluence point located 30 meters away in the water - View toward West

(visited by Yip-Bannicq Group, Yao Lingyun, Wei Xiaoyu, Button Zhao and Ray Yip)

28-Jun-2006 -- 38N – 118E Shāndōng (山东), China

Line Hunting Date: June 28, 2006

A wet and muddy Confluence Point

This is the second confluence point we visited as part of our drive from Qingdao to Beijing. We found the first confluence point – 37N 120E – in a granite quarry around 10.30 am. It took us more than 4 hours to reach Dōngfēng Harbor (东风港), by the northern coast of Shāndōng, and this put us about 3.8 km from this confluence point.

The entire area near Dōngfēng harbor are reclaimed wetland from ocean with large tracks of rectangular ponds – each 200 meter long and 100 meter wide. The ponds are connected by cannels for aquatic farming and salt production. This predominate water environment made the final 3 km of the approach rather treacherous. Risking getting the car stuck in mud we managed to push 1 km closer to the confluence point and forced to go on foot for the last 2 km when we reached a cannel which can only has a foot bridge.

When we were about 900 meters from the confluence point we had to ford a canal about half meter deep. As we were crossing the canal, we noticed that two people started to open the water gate and water level raised rapidly. This presented a problem later during our return.

We reached the confluence point around 5.00 pm, and it is located in a very large pond about 500 meters in length. The nearest location on the bank was about 28 meters away from the all zeros point. As we were debating to venture further into the water, a local fisherman passing by who told us that the water in the pond will reach our chest. This pretty much settled the issue. Later we met the fellow tending the “confluence pond” and learned that this is a fishery operating from April to October and his main job is to feed the fish twice a day. Most of the smaller ponds nearby were mainly for raising clams.

By the time we resumed our drive it was already 6 pm, and we were less than half way to Bèijǐng. After a sea food dinner around 9 pm, we got back to the main expressway to Bèijǐng. We reached Bèijǐng just after 1 am. The detours we took for the two very interesting confluence points all together made this a 16 hours trip instead of 8. We were a bit tired but quite happy for the two very fine hunts.

Rating of this hunt:

Degree of Challenge:

3 – the final approach through an area full of ponds and canals was not straight forward (1= very easy - drive to the point; to 5= a death march – glad it is over)

Scenery:

3– Unusual wetland and aquatic farming areas (Scale: 1= not interesting at all; 5= take your breath away)

Culture-social factors:

2 – Seasonal community for fish and clam farming (Scale: 1=dull; 5= most stimulating)


 All pictures
#1: Confluence point located 30 meters away in the water - View toward West
#2: South
#3: East - the hut for the fishery
#4: North
#5: GPS - 32 meters short of the all zeros point
#6: Barefoot line hunters by the Conflunece Pond
#7: Resting on the fishing net on the bank of the Confluence Pond
#8: Setting up fishing net
#9: Harvesting clams
#10: Aerial view of the confluence area - mainly ponds and cannals
ALL: All pictures on one page (broadband access recommended)
  Notes
In a pond used for aquaculture.