the Degree Confluence Project

China : Hēilóngjiāng Shěng

7.3 km (4.5 miles) WSW of Yude, Hēilóngjiāng, China
Approx. altitude: 126 m (413 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest OpenStreetMap ConfluenceNavigator)
Antipode: 47°S 50°W

Accuracy: 4 m (13 ft)
Quality: good

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#2: View to the South #3: View to the West #4: View to the North #5: View to the East #6: GPS with Pollen #7: Ground Zero #8: The Confluence Hunter #9: One of the rare road signs

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  47°N 130°E  

#1: The Confluence from 40 m

(visited by Rainer Mautz)

27-Jul-2012 -- This is the 18th out of 20 confluence points that I reached on a bicycle trip to the North-East of China. The narrative of the trip starts from 41°N 117°E.

On confluence day I started in the town Hèběi (鹤北镇) at 4:30 AM. The early morning hours were no reason for the hotel staff to have another photo session with me. Then I headed southwards, passing Hègǎng (鹤岗市) for breakfast and Hèlì (鹤立镇) for lunch.

On little concrete slab roads I passed through the village Běihuá (北华村), which is 2 km east of the confluence point. On a muddy road I was able to approach the goal up to 900 m. The area is used agriculturally with the dominating crop being corn. Normally, it is possible to approach a confluence much closer than 900 m by roads or tracks, because such infrastructure is needed for the farming machines. I assumed that there would be some track somewhere to approach the confluence further, but I couldn’t find one from my side. A thunderstorm was about to come up so I quit any further search, left my bike and approached the confluence on foot along the direct beeline. I had to cross a huge corn field with 2.5 m high stems. The pollen of the corn fell on the GPS display.

The exact location is near a river, about 20 m from the riverside. Unfortunately, I approached the confluence from the wrong side of the river and at a distance of 40 m, I was confronted with a river crossing. I thought that a distance of 40 m is not close enough and therefore went stream upwards to find a suitable passage. Indeed, there was a shallow passage that didn’t require swimming. The confluence is exactly at the location of a single tree. The pre-thunderstorm wind was blowing heavily, so I quickly began my return way. I stayed the night in the town Tāngyuán (汤原县), which is 40 km further south.

CP visit details:

  • Distance to an asphalt (or concrete) road: 4 km
  • Distance to a track: 900 m
  • Distance to a footpath: 200 m
  • Duration of the hike to reach the CP: 40 minutes
  • Distance of bicycle parking: 890 m
  • Distance to houses: 1700 m
  • Time at the CP: 15:34 PM
  • Measured height: 121 m
  • Minimal distance according to GPS: 0 m
  • Position accuracy at the CP: 4 m
  • Topography: slightly hilly
  • Vegetation: high grass, scattered little trees, corn fields nearby
  • Weather: overcast, 23° C (felt temperature)
  • Given Name: The Pollinated GPS Confluence

Story continues at 46°N 129°E.

 All pictures
#1: The Confluence from 40 m
#2: View to the South
#3: View to the West
#4: View to the North
#5: View to the East
#6: GPS with Pollen
#7: Ground Zero
#8: The Confluence Hunter
#9: One of the rare road signs
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