Thursday, 13 May 2021

Hangzhou explorations: from Yongjiancun to Dongencun (China)

Hi Sign Hunters,

I would like to share some photos of a recent hike I have done in Hangzhou. I walked from Yongjian village (勇建村) to Dongen village (东恩村). Both settlements are located in Hangzhou's Xiaoshan district (萧山) near the airport. I did the walk on a day when Summer heat (about 32°C) with high humidity (over 60%) finally hit the city, which means that I drank 2 litres of water during the 12k walk. The reason I chose to go here, because there is a small but dominant hill called Hangwu (航坞山) between the two villages with two Buddhist temples (Solitaire 接龙寺 and White Dragon 白龙寺) on the it, and I saw one of the temples from the distance when we drove past the hill a few months earlier. When I am in a car and cannot stop, I mark the spot on the map and I usually explore the area one day in the future. The day finally came and I made my way to Yongjian village, which is located on the western side of Hangwu hill.

Hangwu covers a relatively small area, but the sides of it are very steep. So it is a little bit technical and if you come here for a hike, get ready for never-ending, almost vertical stairs - especially if you want to conquer the hill from the Dongen village (east) side. Nature is beautiful here, even though it is heavily disturbed by quarries and excavation sites; though the positive aspect of this is that people with huge excitement about geology can easily collect some igneous rocks here (porphyritic andesite, I think).

I was lucky that both villages on both sides of the hill had their signs displayed at the boundary point, so I made sure to make proper records. Sign hunting is hardly ever this straightforward mission when it comes to finding the sign. This can get even more difficult in China where there are large settlements with absolutely no welcome signs or whatsoever, but there can be small, random villages or parts of larger settlements with signs that cannot be identified as even maps do not show them. And then here comes Dongen village, which had at least four (if not five) signs. I took pictures of all. Have a look!

"The Hangzhou explorations" series has older posts available, too. If you are interested, then check out the following articles: "Jiangyangfan eco-park", "Eight Diagram Field and its surrounding hills", "Treasures of Wushan", "Dreaming of the Tiger Spring", "Dragon Well", "Yangmeiling village", and we also have the "Hangzhou from the Air" (俯瞰杭城) series within a series.


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Friday, 30 April 2021

Collecting magnetite in Tanger village (China)

Hi Sign Hunters,

It is the 30th April today, which marks the last day in a month I can still post a new blog. If you are a regular reader, you know that I moan about the lack of available time every month, almost in every post I write. Of course, not everything is all about the free time; this includes myself who I also need to blame for inefficiency, but I have become a little bit overwhelmed with many things and I just cannot fully focus on writing blog posts that are eventually read by only a handful of people. This does not mean, however, that I am not thankful. Here I am and I still try though, and I appreciate you of visiting my site and checking out my activities and content.

This post today is not only being posted on the last day of the month, but it is also a short one both in its information and visual context - though it is not the shortest and most boring ever. The reasons is simple: I am actually running out of content material. This does not mean that I do not spend time outdoors or travel regularly, it simply means that I cannot come across many new places where there is something interesting to capture with the camera and these places would also - at the same time - have a welcome sign. Since these two ingredients I need to bake this cake, I currently struggle with content creation.

Let me get not too far from the original topic though! Today I am going to share some photos with you from the latest Chovan Science Class trip that we had about two weeks ago. The field work was focused on finding magnetite - a ferromagnetic mineral that can be turned into a magnet - therefore, our group travelled to Tang'er village (棠二村) in Shaoxing (绍兴市) - near Maoyangling village (茅秧岭) - and visited an iron ore quarry called Lizhu iron mine (漓渚铁矿). In this inactive part of the mine, beside magnetite, biotite, diopside, dolomite, galena, hematite, molybdenite and sphalerite can also be found in skarn-type iron deposits. The original sedimentary rock that gave the foundation to the later metamorphosed rock and iron ore was formed 540 million years ago. The magmatic age (granite) that played a key role in the metamorphism formed 153-197 million years ago. It was time for somebody to pick these
 pieces of Methuselah up.

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Friday, 26 March 2021

Geological explorations near Jianshanxia village (China)

Hi Sign Hunters,

On the 21st March 2021, the Chovan Science Class carried on with outdoor education and geological explorations in Zhejiang Province (浙江). This time, we did not leave the Xiaoshan District (萧山) and travelled near to Jianshanxia village (尖山下村) - part of Dai village (戴昆)- which is about an hour drive south from the central parts of Hangzhou (杭州). The area of the village is surrounded by steep hillsides that are covered with lush vegetation, mostly bamboo. The hills are mainly composed of igneous rocks, which was the main idea behind visiting this place and carry out our geological observation. Higher up in the mountains, we also hiked up to the Xiangtianling Reservoir (响天岭水库), which collects rain water for irrigational purposes. The dam, which is 25 m high with a width of 78 m, was built in 1969.

In this blog, there are photos of the kids, the group, the reservoir area, and areal shots of the windy road that goes up to the reservoir.

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