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China : Shānxī Shěng

2.6 km (1.6 miles) SSE of Yuncheng, Shānxī, China
Approx. altitude: 322 m (1056 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 35°S 69°W

Accuracy: 3 m (9 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: Mechanical street sweeper #3: We park 200 m short of the confluence #4: Dodgy looking water to the right of the track #5: Spectators near the confluence #6: Peter is first to the spot #7: GPS #8: Facing north #9: Facing south #10: Facing east

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  35°N 111°E (visit #2)  

#1: Facing west

(visited by Targ Parsons and Peter Snow Cao)

01-Jul-2012 -- Story continues from 36°N 111°E.

We set off from Xiāngníng County (乡宁县) early, foregoing the hotel’s complimentary breakfast, which doesn’t start until 7:30 am. It’s another beautiful, sunny day, air pollution notwithstanding.

We rejoin our old friend national route G209, and head south to Héjīn City (河津市). However, shortly before reaching Héjīn, the road is blocked, and we need to take a lengthy detour through some relatively mountainous terrain. We stop for breakfast in Héjīn.

Continuing southwards towards Yùnchéng Prefecture (运城市), the road gets progressively better. As we enter Yùnchéng, we pass a mechanised road sweeper, sweeping clouds of dust up into the already polluted air. Usually this job is reserved for teams of broom-wielding old men and women, their faces blackened by the dirt.

A bit further on, we stop at a branch of the Bank of China so Targ can transact some business. With that out of the way, we continue across town to the confluence, which is located on the southern outskirts.

We park 200 m short of the confluence, not wanting to risk getting stuck in the mud, and proceed the rest of the way on foot. The right side of the track is flooded with some pretty nasty coloured water. Fortunately for us, the confluence is on the relatively dry, left side of the track.

There are several spectators waiting on the track near the confluence. They have secured a prime position from which to watch the hordes of confluence visitors come and go.

The mud is dry and firm, allowing easy access to the spot for a perfect zeroes GPS reading. We take the usual north-south-east-west photos, then head back to the car.

Story continues at 36°N 112°E.


 All pictures
#1: Facing west
#2: Mechanical street sweeper
#3: We park 200 m short of the confluence
#4: Dodgy looking water to the right of the track
#5: Spectators near the confluence
#6: Peter is first to the spot
#7: GPS
#8: Facing north
#9: Facing south
#10: Facing east
ALL: All pictures on one page (broadband access recommended)
  Notes
In a part of a salt lake that may be temporarily flooded.