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Geocaches

Geocaching (pronounced geo-cashing) is a worldwide game of hiding and seeking treasure. A geocacher can place a geocache in the world, pinpoint its location using GPS technology and then share the geocache’s existence and location online. Anyone with a GPS device can then try to locate the geocache.

However, in China there are complications…

Foreigners using GPS devices on the mainland risk being detained by police or national security agents if they suspect them of conducting illegal mapping.

“It’s better for [your] safety not to turn on the GPS function [on your cellphone],” a State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping official said.

The bureau announced 10 days ago that it was launching a year-long crackdown this month on illegal surveying, with foreigners among its prime targets. Six ministries are involved in the campaign.

Its announcement cites the detention in December 2007 of a foreigner in a village near Luoyang in Henanprovince. State security agents found a number of locations marked on his hand-held Global Positioning System device and used that as evidence for his arrest, the bureau said, without elaborating.

He is not the only foreigner to have been detained for surveying and mapping on the mainland without approval. At least six Japanese visitors were reportedly arrested in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region between 2005 and 2007.

Bureau deputy director Song Chaozhi told China News Service earlier that the bureau would intensify its watch on non-Chinese people using GPS devices for mapping and surveying purposes. “[Such behaviour] severely threatens China’s national security,” Mr Song was quoted as saying.

An anonymous article, possibly inspired by the crackdown and entitled “How to Catch a Foreign Spy Mapping Chinese Terrain”, is circulating in mainland internet chat rooms, urging people to watch out for foreigners using GPS devices.

- South China Morning Post

So you see in China, the hard part isn’t just finding the cache, it’s also delivering it in the first place and getting the GPS coordinates. Here at MyLaowai, we feel it’s our job to help. This page is dedicated to Chinese geocaches of high tactical or strategic value. Feel free to add more yourself, by contacting:

Flight Lieutenant MyLaowai DSO DFC, MyLaowaiATgmailDOTcom

ZhongNanHai Party HeadQuarters – 39°54’33.60″N 116°22’46.19″Egt-zhongnanhai
geo-revolutionary geo-unapproved geo-targeted

Lop Nur Research Facility – 41°34’18.66″N 88°43’08.38″Egt-lopnur
geo-civilian geo-delivered

Gangtou SA-10 Missile Site – 25°34’34.66″N 119°27’15.58″Egt-gangtou
geo-police geo-targeted
* Wanted: LangFang SA-10 Site, LuoCheng SA-10 Site, ZhangZhouZhi SA-2 Site

Shanghai DaChang AirBase – 31°18’42.34″N 121°24’52.68″Egt-dachang
geo-police geo-targeted

ChengDu AirBase – 30°42’19.35″N 103°57’22.19″Egt-chengdu
geo-police geo-targeted

JinXi Attack Submarine Pier 40°42’55.33″N 120°59’42.95″Egt-jinxi
geo-police

Northwest Nuclear Weapons R&D Academy 36°57’28.67″N 100°53’58.80″Egt-kokonor
geo-civilian geo-targeted

Key:

Political Target

Political Target

Military Target

Military Target

R&D or Civilian Target

R&D or Civilian Target

UN Approved Target

UN Approved Target

Package Assigned

Package Assigned

Package Delivered

Package Delivered

3 Responses to “Geocaches”

  1. [...] Geocaches [...]

  2. That’s pretty cool mate! :)

  3. ChinaFubar said

    So I guess I shouldn’t be driving around in my Chinese deathtrap copy of a not all that good Japanese SUV with my copy GPS with the copy software perched up on the dash, so I can actually find my way around the roads that seem to be laid out by a drunken monkey.

    Livin on the edge I tell you.

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