the Degree Confluence Project

China : Jílín Shěng

3.9 km (2.4 miles) SSE of Shuanggang, Jílín, China
Approx. altitude: 146 m (478 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest OpenStreetMap ConfluenceNavigator)
Antipode: 45°S 57°W

Accuracy: 3 m (9 ft)
Quality: good

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#2: GPS Reading #3: Ground Zero #4: The Confluence Biker #5: Entering the Village Hóngxìng #6: Nearby Swamp #7: View to the South #8: View to the West #9: View to the North #10: View to the East

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#1: The Confluence Point

(visited by Rainer Mautz)

18-Jul-2008 -- This is the tenth out of 23 confluences that I visited on my bicycle trip to the North-East of China. The story starts from 40°N 117°E.

In the morning of that day, I woke up in the town Tàipíngchuān (太平川镇) at 3:30 am and left the hotel at 4:30 am. After visiting 45°N 124°E in the town Qián’ān (乾安), I started biking again from the town Tōngyú (通榆) further towards the north with direct course to this confluence.

At a distance of 2.7 km to the confluence, I left the main road between Tōngyú and Táonán (桃南) at a village called Hóngxìng (鸿兴镇). From now on I was left without any map information – a fact that I actually enjoy.

I crossed a rail track that runs parallel to the road. A little later, I reached another village at 1.9 km distance, went through it and then followed various farm tracks that pointed towards the confluence. A couple times, I reached the outskirts of the cultivated land, which meant that there wasn’t any track to follow. Thus, I had to track back. Finally, I got on a track that led down into a wide river valley. This track ended where the cultivated land ended, but this time it was only another 300 m distance to go, that I easily covered by riding my bicycle cross-country through the grasslands.

This was the first scenic confluence point since I had left Beijing. The grass was really green and on a big horizon I could see in all directions very far. Probably, if it rains, the confluence might be under water. This indicated a nearby swamp.

I would have rested a while at the confluence, if there wasn’t the constraint to reach a place to stay before darkness came. So I went back the way I came until I hit the main road and then headed further north. After another 45 km, I reached the city of Táonán (桃南), just before sunset.

CP Visit Details:

  • Distance to an asphalt road: 2.7 km
  • Distance to a road: 1.22 km
  • Distance to a track: 300 m
  • Distance of parking the bike: 0 m
  • Distance to houses: 1.5 km
  • Time for deviation (from main road): 1:05 hours
  • Time at the CP: 16:13 p.m.
  • Riding time (distance) from Tàipíngchuān: 4:21 hours (85 km)
  • Measured height: 147 m
  • Minimal distance according to GPS: 0 m
  • Position accuracy at the CP: 3 m
  • Topography: flat, located in river plain
  • Vegetation: grassland, nearby sunflower- and cornfields.
  • Weather: cloudy, 23° C (felt temperature)
  • Description of the CP: In the north-east part of Jilin Province. Located in a river bed with nearby swamps. Just 100 m from cultivated land.
  • Given Name: The Beautiful Grassland Confluence

Story continues at 46°N 123°E.

 All pictures
#1: The Confluence Point
#2: GPS Reading
#3: Ground Zero
#4: The Confluence Biker
#5: Entering the Village Hóngxìng
#6: Nearby Swamp
#7: View to the South
#8: View to the West
#9: View to the North
#10: View to the East
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