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Sep 17, 2018 - Harbin - Manchurian Candidate?

Harbin? Harbin? Really? You always have options for long distance travel. The direct(?) flight to Vladivostok is around 30 hours with a 12 hour lay-over in Beijing. Not one of the better airlines, either. But I can travel via Harbin, Manchuria in only 15 hours with a 2 hour layover in Taipei. Much better airline (EVA) as well. I'll have 3 nights to decompress and adjust time zones. Pyongyang would actually have been closer, but .... So Manchuria it is. Perhaps this will be more difficult than I had anticipated. I just received a message...

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Mar 13, 2018 - Haikou, China

History: Haikou is the capital of China’s Hainan province. With its strategic location near the mouth of the Nandi River it grew into a walled fortification during the Ming Dynasty. After 90 days this was the first day of mist and rain, not an issue we went to old town and shopped. It is amazing to see how the Chinese communicate, if they feel you don’t know their language they must feel you are deaf and yell and raise their voices. No problem we have 2 days to rest our ears as we head to Ho Chi Minh city /Saigon Vietnam.

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Feb 5, 2018 - Early departure to get a train to Harbin.

We left the hostel at 6am, to get a taxi to the Beijing South railway station. There were so many cars and tour buses at the end of the street, and it looked like it might prove difficult to flag down a taxi. We were approached by a man who offered to take us there for 100rmb! The hostel had suggested it should cost about 40rmb, so I offered him 50rmb. But he was not willing for that price. We ended up fixing on 70rmb. A little bit of a rip-off but at least we were in a car, on our way. It was clear that he was not authorised to be...

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Jan 10, 2018 - Harbin, China

Last night we met Sam at 5p and walked the 3 short blocks to the park where the ice festival was held from 1963 to 1999. Although the park is considerably smaller, the sculptures are just as intricate and beautiful. Here there are no changing lights. The main path around the park is lined with 5-6ft. Sculptures unlit but with well-lit columns between them. And there are lots of fishes, turtles, dragons, birds flowers and such. There are brightly lit pagodas and towers, an arched walkway, a pink and purple maze with a slide in the middle...

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Jan 9, 2018 - Harbin, China

Today we were up around 6a so getting used to time change. We met Sam at 10.15a and drove a couple of blocks to St. Sophia's Church. This is an old Russian Orthodox Church with several onion domes. Outside it is scenic while the inside shows it was once magnificent with icons etc. Now it is a museum. Basically the burned and scraped areas remain. The burned remains of once beautiful old chandeliers hang. Pictures of Harbin in happier times before the revolution surround the walls. Sam showed us models of how town once was, of St. Nicholas...

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Jan 7, 2018 - Harbin, China

After an uneventful flight two weary people arrived after a 17 hour flight in Harb0in, China. It was snowing. The temperature has risen to -5 C. Comfortable. We were very grateful to be met by Sam, a charming young man and Harvey our driver for our stay. We were delighted to see what was termed a 'little' multicolored ice sculpture of an onion domed church. We watched and spotted a blue and green archway at an intersection. It was a 40km. drive into the city. At the city's entrance another 'little' sculpture of a fort greeted us. The...

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Jan 17, 2015 - Harbin la ville de Glace et de Neige - Harbin City of Ice & Snow

English below ----------------- Mais ils sont fous ces gaulois? Pourquoi s'exiler du Canada si c'est pour retourner dans le grand Nord de la Chine par -20 degrés? Pour voir si les enfants résistent au froid Pour voir ce que c'est qu'une ville encore plus polluée Ou tout simplement pour partir entre amis découvrir les majestueuses sculptures de neige, les incroyables et too much palais de glaces, glisser assis sur des chaises sur la rivière gelée, voir ce qu'il reste de l'église orthodoxe et assister au repas des tigres, poulet vivant dans...

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Jan 6, 2014 - Snow play

We took our time getting sorted this morning and I finally had internet usage and a decent wifi to catch up on the blog. Piled on the layers and headed out. Walked up to the river (or frozen walkway),along the pedestrian street. At the river they had all sorts of rides and games going on ontop of the ice. We had a go at the sledging on inner tubes. It was an absolute blast! You took the tube and stepped on a flat esculater to the top of the hill and lined up along the edge. On the whistle off you went at great speed, awesome fun!! Spent the...

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Jan 5, 2014 - Beijing-Harbin, Ice Festival

Off to another airport. The security here at Beijing Airport was pretty full on with scanns of everything and body patdown just for a domestic flight. The flight to Harbin was only about 1 1/2 hours. We had made sure that we had our warm layers with us to put on for arrival and were told that it would be -20 on landing. It was cold but not as bad as we had expected and got quite hot all loaded in a taxi with some of the packs on knees and about 25kms to town with the heater on. After having to talk to a translater on the phone to help the...

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Dec 14, 2012 - Haerbin with Chinese Curling Teams

Haerbin, China is a big destination for us. All Nick's curling friends from the Chinese national team are in Haerbin! They just happened to be all in town. We had a great time visiting them. We were staying in the city center, close to all the shipping and traditional treats! We also went to see Dongbei Tigers:) Nice to be with friends we haven't seen for some time! So happy that all the friends we are able to see are a part of our round the world wedding! Even though the weather is cold in Haerbin, our hearts are warm because of all the...

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Jul 21, 2011 - Trip 1: Mingshan

The next day, Tuesday, we had a quick breakfast then hired a “bread car” – basically a minivan – to drive us up to this lookout point of the river. It used to be a lookout for wildfires. According to Eugene, the old structure was wooden and rickety but pretty safe – built for drunken forestry men to be able to climb in the middle of the night. The old one, however, was torn down and turned into a big RED metal touristy lookout point with an elevator and many places where little cute 2 ½ year old Russian boys could fall off from. From the...

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Jul 18, 2011 - Trip 1: Taipinggou

On Saturday, I came to work around 10. A few hours later, Kristen McDonald, Pacific Environment’s China Director, came to the office. Because of problems with the weather, her seat had been given to a passenger whose previous flight had been canceled, so she didn’t get in until really late on Friday night. We were all starving and went to a nearby restaurant for lunch. She too is a vegetarian, which is convenient and was good inspiration to reduce my meat consumption. After lunch, I took a bus home to get my stuff ready. On my way home, I...

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