We were booked on a train out of Harbin West Railway station, at 10.37am, so we needed to be out of the hostel, and getting a taxi by around 9am. Our last morning excursion for our journey, so that makes me happy!
We were packed, checked out, had breakfast in plenty of time, and then out into the freezing morning again.
At least we did not have too much trouble getting a taxi, which meant we were at the train station in plenty of time. I was hoping to get some hash browns to eat, but was too late at McDonald's. They finish serving breakfast at 10am, and KFC did not sell them here.
So back to wait for our boarding call. As usual the boarding process was simple, and efficient, although crowded like always.
The view from the train as we left was mostly white. Snow on the ground everywhere, and frozen water wherever there was water. But as we got further on, the ground began to be seen through the snow, and there were hints of soil to be seen.
We had taken our thermos flasks with us, and food for the journey. Not a lot, mostly fruit and snacks, but plenty to see us through.
We arrived on time into Beijing Railway Station, as 6.31 pm. Then began the fun!! We went hunting for where to get a taxi, and were sent on various runarounds, in our quest. We could not see where the taxi lines were, as there were too many people milling around. We ended up going over a pedestrian overpass to the other side of the street, only to find taxis dropping off, but not picking up.
A lovely guy who had just arrived in a taxi, with his family, directed us back over the road to the taxi queues!! Oh dear, so we drag our suitcases back up the steps, and jolt them down the other side. But sure enough, there were taxis actually accepting fares.
Once we were in the car, we were soon on our way, and arrived back at the Leo Hostel to check in. It was very good to be back inside the warmth, and into a room to relax in.
We did have a bit of a wander after settling in, and then had dinner in the hostel. There is a gorgeous guy called Angus who runs the bar, and waits on tables. He seems to be always on the run!!
At least tomorrow we do not have to leave too early, as our train does not leave until 4.35pm, so plenty of time to pack and have lunch before heading off.