Mystery of the Mysterious “Village” Revealed

19Jun10

I awoke the morning after sending my guess to Mark with the following e-mail:

Ling’s Hometown is called Cangxi, it a little south of Guangyuan

That was it. I was kind of disappointed that the mystery was revealed and I couldn’t make another guess. Bryan told me he found the name of the “village” on another sheet of the spreadsheet Mark had sent us and was up until 5am looking it up on Google Maps. I’m glad he didn’t reveal it to me — I think he knew how much I was enjoying playing this one-sided hometown “village” game of Clue.

After I got over my brief disappointment at the end of this game, I looked up Cangxi on Google Maps, including the driving directions:

Google’s driving directions said it’s 5hrs 27 minutes from Chengdu:

1. Head west on 人民东路/人民東路 toward 人民中路一段
57 m
2. Take the 1st left onto 人民中路一段
230 m
3. Turn right at 西御街
350 m
4. Turn right at 东城根南街/東城根南街
210 m
5. Take the 1st right onto 人民西路
270 m
6. Continue onto 人民东路/人民東路
1.0 km
7. Continue onto 总府路/總府路
750 m
8. Slight right at 紅星路三段/红星路三段
18 m
9. Continue onto 大慈寺路
700 m
10. Continue onto 东风路/東風路
900 m
11. Continue onto 水碾河路
1.1 km
12. Slight left to stay on 水碾河路
500 m
13. Take the ramp onto 二环路东三段/二環路東三段
1.3 km
14. Turn right at 成华大道一段/成華大道一段
1.2 km
15. Continue onto 成华大道二段/成華大道二段
2.2 km
16. Turn right toward Exits 三环路-三環路
850 m
17. Take the ramp onto 成南高速

Partial toll road
198 km
18. Take exit 南充繞城高速/二洞橋-南充绕城高速/二洞桥 to merge onto 繞城高速/绕城高速

Partial toll road
12.9 km
19. Take exit 南充/西充/馬市鋪-南充/西充/马市铺 to merge onto 212国道/212國道
28.1 km
20. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto 环城大道三段/環城大道三段
6.8 km
21. Slight left at 212国道/212國道
50.2 km
22. Slight right to stay on 212国道/212國道
2.1 km
23. Turn left to stay on 212国道/212國道
25.5 km
24. Slight right at 七里大道
1.5 km
25. Slight left toward 嘉陵江二桥/嘉陵江二橋
550 m
26. Continue straight onto 嘉陵江二桥/嘉陵江二橋
800 m
27. Slight right toward 保宁醋西路/保寧醋西路
53 m
28. Turn left at 保宁醋西路/保寧醋西路
300 m
29. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto 张飞南路/張飛南路/212国道/212國道

Continue to follow 212国道/212國道
Go through 2 roundabouts
22.4 km
30. Turn right to stay on 212国道/212國道
3.3 km
31. Turn left at 人民中街
170 m
32. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto 解放路西段
170 m

Honestly, I don’t know why we’re wasting our money on a bus. Bryan and I should just rent a car, print out the directions from Google, and drive their ourselves. What could go wrong in the middle of the Chinese countryside?

Cangxi doesn’t look like it’s too small of a town. Here’s what it looks like on Google Maps:

Unfortunately it’s not so detailed. I e-mailed Mark and told him that I checked out the town on Google Maps and he responded,

Cangxi is a fairly big town. A lot of people live there. But, I’m not surprised it’s not on the map. It is surrounded by mountains and farms and several smaller towns and villages.

Ling’s father’s house is actually in the countryside in very small town called Beimencun which is just a group of a couple hundred houses on the side of a mountain. The people there are mostly farmers. Beimencun belongs to a town called Yunfeng that is about 5 km away from her father’s house. There isn’t much there either. It’s where the schools are and where the stores are and there’s a market every other day.

It is quite an experience to travel there. I really hope everyone can make it out to her father’s house for a visit. I sure that will be a new record for the most foreigners ever in that town. I think the current record is 1.

There is also an ancient town very close to her home town. It’s called Langzhong. It’s small but I heard it’s really nice. It is even mentioned in the lonely planet guide. We plan to spend one night there with the whole family, if time allows. You should look it up.

I looked up Beimencun on Google Maps. It’s there and there was driving directions, but the road it says to take doesn’t appear to go to the village.

1. Head west on 人民东路/人民東路 toward 人民中路一段
57 m
2. Take the 1st left onto 人民中路一段
230 m
3. Turn right at 西御街
350 m
4. Turn right at 东城根南街/東城根南街
210 m
5. Take the 1st right onto 人民西路
270 m
6. Continue onto 人民东路/人民東路
1.0 km
7. Continue onto 总府路/總府路
750 m
8. Slight right at 紅星路三段/红星路三段
18 m
9. Continue onto 大慈寺路
700 m
10. Continue onto 东风路/東風路
900 m
11. Continue onto 水碾河路
1.1 km
12. Slight left to stay on 水碾河路
500 m
13. Take the ramp onto 二环路东三段/二環路東三段
1.3 km
14. Turn right at 成华大道一段/成華大道一段
1.2 km
15. Continue onto 成华大道二段/成華大道二段
2.2 km
16. Turn right toward Exits 三环路-三環路
850 m
17. Take the ramp onto 成南高速

Partial toll road
198 km
18. Take exit 南充繞城高速/二洞橋-南充绕城高速/二洞桥 to merge onto 繞城高速/绕城高速

Partial toll road
12.9 km
19. Take exit 南充/西充/馬市鋪-南充/西充/马市铺 to merge onto 212国道/212國道
28.1 km
20. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto 环城大道三段/環城大道三段
6.8 km
21. Slight left at 212国道/212國道
50.2 km
22. Slight right to stay on 212国道/212國道
2.1 km
23. Turn left to stay on 212国道/212國道
25.5 km
24. Slight right at 七里大道
1.5 km
25. Slight left toward 嘉陵江二桥/嘉陵江二橋
550 m
26. Continue straight onto 嘉陵江二桥/嘉陵江二橋
800 m
27. Slight right toward 保宁醋西路/保寧醋西路
53 m
28. Turn left at 保宁醋西路/保寧醋西路
300 m
29. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto 张飞南路/張飛南路/212国道/212國道

Continue to follow 212国道/212國道
Go through 2 roundabouts
22.4 km
30. Turn right to stay on 212国道/212國道
3.3 km
31. Turn left at 人民中街
170 m
32. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto 解放路西段
170 m

So excited. Excited that I’m going to both see super populated cities like Beijing, “towns” like Chengdu of several millions, “villages” that are actually pretty big, ancient towns, and the countryside. A lot to pack into 17 days.

Advertisements


3 Responses to “Mystery of the Mysterious “Village” Revealed”

  1. Oh, P.S. When you leave youself logged in on my computer I can in fact post comments without worrying about whether or not you approve them.

    • You’re such a jerk. You better watch out. I’m not the only one who doesn’t log out of sites.

      • 3 Bryan

        It’s my damn computer! I shouldn’t have to log out.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: