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China : Sìchuān Shěng

4.9 km (3.0 miles) NW of Xindianzi, Sìchuān, China
Approx. altitude: 4351 m (14274 ft)
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Antipode: 31°S 77°W

Accuracy: 8.0 km (5.0 mi)
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#2: Entrance to Yin Chang Gou (valley) where we started the hike on the first day. #3: Peter on one of the log bridges lining the sides of the cliffs; Peter later bravely attempted to continue along the cliff despite the freezing rushing water. #4: Here I am playing on a cable bridge; Horse pics were from the second day; we can see a curve in the road in the right picture - its a steep hike up from there #5: Larry's dog bite being checked out on day one; in a filthy room in the village clinic - both pictures were taken from the same spot #6: Larry, Peter and Chris; GPS view #7: Peter standing at 8km to go; Larry always joking in the background

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  31°N 103°E (visit #2) (incomplete) 

#1: This snowy area was as close as we got to the confluence, about 8km away.  The horses were about a 15 minute hike down from here.

(visited by Chris Conley, Peter Snow Cao and Larry)

15-May-2006 -- The second attempt at this confluence came back in May of 2006. We were going to attempt to go up the "silver mine gorge" - the same gorge that was the focus of the first attempt. As We (Larry, Peter and Chris) arrived at the silver mine gorge we stopped the mini van and stopped at a local's house near the entrance trail. I must have been messing around with my bag, cause I didn't see it, but Larry was bitten in the leg by a local dog. Larry's calves are shaped and sculpted but the bite still broke the skin. Peter was pretty insistent that we get Larry back to a clinic for a rabies shot. The local farmer's tried to play it all off, as I guess I would have. They said "that dog bites everyone!"

We headed back to a local town (took a while) to find a clinic that actually had rabies vaccinations and got Larry the shots that he needed. I don't have pictures from the main clinic where Larry had the shots but only from the first place we stopped at. There they cleaned up the wound.

We came back to the same entrance at the silver mine and started up the trail late in the day. The trail was excellent for the first kilometer or so. After that it all went very downhill. There must have been a huge flood earlier when all the snow from up top melted, as all of the wooden bridges were completely gone. This left only sheer cliffs cut by the rushing water. Peter attempted a very risky 'wade' through the waist deep white water along the cliff. This way wasn't gonna work.

The next morning we tried a new route along some trails that cut up very sharply from the roadside up along the ridge. This route has since turned out to be the way to go. The trail is very overgrown with weeds along the lower elevations. It opened up a bit then came to the old growth forest. That's were there there is a horse paddock built out of logs. We rested there in the sun and watched the horses play around. It was pretty chilly though. Peter and I tried continuing up the trail through the old growth forest, and that is where the snow started. We didn't have time on our side for this trip, and saved the knowledge we gained for another trip...


 All pictures
#1: This snowy area was as close as we got to the confluence, about 8km away. The horses were about a 15 minute hike down from here.
#2: Entrance to Yin Chang Gou (valley) where we started the hike on the first day.
#3: Peter on one of the log bridges lining the sides of the cliffs; Peter later bravely attempted to continue along the cliff despite the freezing rushing water.
#4: Here I am playing on a cable bridge; Horse pics were from the second day; we can see a curve in the road in the right picture - its a steep hike up from there
#5: Larry's dog bite being checked out on day one; in a filthy room in the village clinic - both pictures were taken from the same spot
#6: Larry, Peter and Chris; GPS view
#7: Peter standing at 8km to go; Larry always joking in the background
ALL: All pictures on one page (broadband access recommended)
  Plans
Wei Liu plans to visit this confluence between the 01-Mar-2014 and the 31-Dec-2015.
  Notes
In the Wolong National Natural Reserve, one of the Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries.