VolksNav© in Zhongshan

Zhongshan has the option to be world's first city that has realized an international orientation standard, an idea from a Munichian inventor to simplify and harmonize worldwide all orientation means: signage, cartography, postal codes, navigation devices and verbal expressions. 

Within this city, it is (will be) possible to find any target with easy brain work, that means 

- without maps, - without names,
- without illogical numbers  - without arrows
- without floor marks  - without square grids 
- without colors - without compass or other navigation devices

Buildings, crossings, stop points, bridges etc. have logical addresses like

              Bo'ai hospital  StatusQuo© ZGSH   m6 r40

              Shangri-La hotel                                m2:4 r11  

 which are easy to understand if you associate the city with a clock as follows:

An outstanding point as e. g. the City Hall was (will be) defined as a pole m0

Around this pole, the horizon is divided in 12 "horizon hours"     

              m1  to  m12   

, whereas m12 points to north. 

This divides the city as a cake in 12 imaginary sectors. As an example, the sector m7 was marked.

zs2 The sectors are divided in horizon minutes. These are not angles but DISTANCES to the horizon hour, in steps of approx. one "block of houses" or 100 meters. 

Example    m9:10 ( read   "emm 9 point 10"   or   "emm nine 10" ). 

This is a line situated in a distance of 10 x 100m from the horizon hour m9, which points to sunset.

The convention for horizon minutes is very simple:   

              the greater, the later.

Considering the distance to m0 as r = radius also in steps of blocks of houses, logical position codes for targets, buildings, crossings etc. come into existence, e. g. as shown on the picture: 

     crossing StatusQuo© Zhongshan  m7:15 r42

StatusQuo means "where you are". In simple words:

"r" is a numbering starting FROM m0

"m" is a north-direction-based numbering AROUND m0  


Natural Cartography©

A map with such a polar grid has innovative characteritics, see www.volksnav.com/mapPlease be aware about the fact that above mentioned Bo Hai hospital isn't on map but the logical position code StatusQuo© ZGSH   m6 r40 make it possible to imagine where it is situated !

 Interesting details: 

- the search grid contains quadrangules similar to the conventional ones. The picture above shows a white quadrangule with the dimensions 500m x 500m. The bended sides let know in which direction the urban pole is situated, even if the centre isn't on map. 

- the width of the sector is half the radius !! Example: m7:5 r10, m7:10 r20 etc..

- the middle of the sector is radius/4. Example: m7:5 r20

Other logical addresses  (clockwise):

Zhongshan port  m2  r115
Changjiang reservoir  m4:20  r75
City Hall  m5:6   r10
Sanxiang town  m5:65  r200
Zhongshan TV Station  m6:3   r25
Xingzhong Stadium  m6:6   r18
Bank of China tower  m7  r20
Hospital for Chinese Medicine  m7:17   r38
Holiday Plaza  m8  r6
Zhong Shan Memorial Hall  m8:8   r19
Fuhua Hotel  m8:14   r36
International Hotel   m8:15   r38
Main Post office  m8:15  r58
Long Distance Bus Terminal  m9   r68
People's Hospital   m9:1   r11
Zhongshan College  m9:3  r7
Guzhen town  m9:100  r240
Daxin Shopping Center   m10:6   r18
Xiaolan town  m10:65  r235
Morning Star villa  m11  r47
Dongming bridge  m11:10  r30



StatusQuo© addresses will be integrated within the existing signage, see www.volksnav.com/lollipop, or be indicated on so-called Orientators©, the signage of the future.

Vertical Pointing©: additional to the position information, a round symbol called center or pole pointer will be placed on their periphery to allow to detect the direction m0  according to the following conventions: 

if the pointer is placed on top m0 will be in front of you
  on bottom   behind
  right hand   right hand

etc. Acc. to the same convention, a square symbol points to north = m12.  The picture reveils: m12 is behind, the pole is right hand 



Navigation / VolksNav©

The local navigation with the help of such codes is called VolksNav©. As proceeded today with house numbers, VolksNav© is nothing else than the major/minor comparison between "r" and "m" values: 

Simply proceed according to 1 -2 -3 : 





Turn your body until m0 will be BEHIND. In this position, 

ahead will be outwards
right hand " to later (clockwise)
left hand " to earlier


Beginners have to turn physically, after some exercises anyone will be able to do this by his imagination power. In case you look at above shown Orientator©, you'd have to turn to left, correct? 




Ask yourself:         

must I move inwards or outwards? 

 ( = is the target radius greater or smaller than the actual one?)




Ask yourself:      

must I move to “later” (clockwise) or to earlier?  

( = is the target m later or earlier than the actual one?)


Let's see an example: 

Your target is:                             Post Office   m8:15 r58      

If you've lost orientation on named crossing      m7:15 r42, 

so you must go

- outwards (radius r58 is more than actual r42 )


- to "later" (clockwise)   ( m8 is "later"  than the actual m7 )

This may seem to be unfamiliar, but the orientation based on cardinal points is used for some thousand years and imaginary clocks are used by soldiers, boy scouts, pilots, blind people etc. for more than 100 years. On a real situation, VolksNav© can be learned within few minutes, that means, faster than the most seeking times. 


mobile Mobile applications: Very soon also navigation devices and mobile phones will indicate such logical position codes and cardinal points , see www.volksnav.com/mobile

You're invited to test the program for pocketPC/smartphone with/without GPS by means of a download from www.volksnav.com


Natural World Co-ordinates:the same addressing methode will soon also be used 

- indoor www.volksnav.com/deutschesmuseum     www.volksnav.com/airportMUC


- within the whole globe, see  www.watchrose.com. Acc. to this, the international City Code of Zhongshan is 

           WatchRose© m2:695  r89 85  

What is this good for? Just comparing the codes for example of Zhongshan and  

        Guangzhou WatchRose©  m2:640  r89 25 

it is possible to evaluate that 

- the position of  Guangzhou is "earlier" and closer to Munich than Zhongshan, more exactly

    :695 - :640 = 55 km earlier

    r8985 - r8925 = 60 km closer

- the distance between both locations, the hipotenuse, will be between 60 and 60+55 km. 

- for advanced users:

the egocentrical direction  Zhongshan / Guangzhou  (to earlier/to inside) is QuoVides(R) 11, see www.quovides.com