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Asia » China » Heilongjiang » Harbin January 25th 2013

Our longest train journey yet started from Irkutsk on the weekly train to Beijing via Harbin. The train was one of the newer ones and this time we had a cabin all to ourselves for two days or so. Settling in we realised there was little to do except check out the scenery or read. I decided to catch up on sleep and let Dave get his fill of scenery. When I woke, Dave let me know that there had been plenty of trees and then as the sun rose we were given a lovely view over lake Baikal which the train followed around the southern end, As I had slept for a couple of hours we were nearing the last sight of the lake. From here the train turned east to skirt Mongolia before headings ... read more
Ulan Ude train station
Playing with some gummi animals
The Chinese border town of Manzhouli

Asia » China » Heilongjiang » Harbin January 16th 2013

After 36 hours in the train, we arrived in Harbin at 4.30 am. And it was cold. Really, really cold. -37 degrees plus wind. Thats nice. Maybe Thailand would have been the better option. Anyway, we are here and it is going to be awesome. Hopefully. The first task was, to find a taxidriver who is willing to use the taximeter. It took almost 20 minutes and gave us a first impression about what such a temperature really feels like. After we arrived at the hostel at around 6am (of course the room is not ready at this time), and a 1 hour nap on the couch, we are brave enough to go outside and find some breakfast. The cheapest way to go from A to B is apperently the bus, so we took it most ... read more
feeding time
chinese Rock'n'Rolla

Asia » China » Heilongjiang » Harbin » My house March 1st 2012

A common denominator of Japan and China is leadership that denies shameful moments in history. Japanese leaders Ishihara and Nagoya remind me of two museums I visited on my trip to Harbin in 2009. The Germ Warfare Museum and the Harbin Jewish Museum offer two separate accounts of the Second World War within the same city. Harbin, China's Ice Festival town bordering Siberia once had a thriving Jewish Community. In 1937 the Japanese Army set up a prison camp for experimental torture similar to Joseph Mengele's work in Auschwitz. All the while it appears that Harbin's Jewish hybrid looked the other way. Was there any mutual support? What are the lessons learned? Last week Tokyo's Governor url=http:/... read more
Germ Warfare Musem, Harbin

Asia » China » Heilongjiang » Harbin February 26th 2012

A much delayed blog: Less than 6 days after I got back from a 5 week long excursion to Vietnam and Philippines with the (relatively) warm balmy weather I was off again, this time to the opposite temperature extreme: Harbin (or Haer'bin) to see the Ice Festival. The train was booked so I headed down to the train station. No english spoken or written anywhere so I was left to my own wits to figure out where to go. The first problem was that my ticket was all Chinese and I couldn't even tell any of the information aside from date and time (numbers). The second problem was that everything in the train station was also in Chinese. Not even sure what I was looking for I tried to match anything on the ticket to any ... read more

Asia » China » Heilongjiang » Harbin February 6th 2012

A breaking time of my trip to recover my health from malaria, my plan was crossing Himalaya from Nepal to Tibet, but my health condition didn't allow me to do that route, the weather was getting colder in north hemisphere, so I came to south of China to be with family in Chinese new year, and waiting for a warmer weather to restart my journey, because I will go to Pakistan from Xinjiang, and the temperature in Xinjiang will be positive only in March. To get Pakistan visa was another big problem, I tried to apply in Nepal, but the Pakistan embassy staff said the visa will take more than month, maybe 1, 2 or 3 months. When I was in south of China, I called to Pakistan embassy in Hong Kong, they only give the ... read more
Ice slide
Russian restaurant


Asia » China » Heilongjiang » Harbin January 15th 2012

Hi All, Brought tears to my eyes today. What can you say? Mankinds cruelty knows no bounds. The horrors of what the Japanese did in World War II are on full display here. The museum is very informative and interesting, how much do you know about the Japanese invasion of China, but it does seem to harbour a little resentment and doesn't really give out a message of forgiveness. The disgusting war crimes commited by the Japanese shouldn't be forgotten but at the same time they should be forgiven. Most of the personnel that worked here, I use that term loosely, escaped trial because of the USA's thirst for knowledge on biological and chemical weapons. if any of you are unsure as to what happened here follow the link Enjoy the photos and Jah bless ... read more
Japanese Germ Warfare Experimental Base 731 (3)
Sentry Box

Asia » China » Heilongjiang » Harbin January 11th 2012

Hi All, Today we got up a little bit late so we decided to have a look around the city this morning and then in the afternoon we went on to the ice festival. I have never felt cold like it is here. I'm putting on half of my wardrobe to go out and I'm still cold. Daniela is putting on so much that she's finding it difficult to walk!! We went to the St Sophia cathedral first, well it's no longer a church but has a collection of old photos inside which to be honest weren't that interesting as it was all in Chinese but the building is spectacular but rather run down inside. I don't know if it was ransacked by the communists. There isn't a lot of info as to what happened after ... read more

Asia » China » Heilongjiang » Harbin January 11th 2012

Hi All, Another Chinese city and another zoo. It was a bit more of a safari park than a zoo really. Boy are those cats big. One even attacked the minibus we was in. It was good to see these animals but again the ones that were in the cages didn't seem to have that much room. It was extremely cold again today and I gave up wanting to walk around because I lost the feelings in my feet. Enjoy the photos Jah Bless... read more
Siberian Tiger Park (85)
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Siberian Tiger Park (97)

Asia » China » Heilongjiang » Harbin January 10th 2012

Hi All, It's been a long while. So the holidays have begun. We've had a few hiccups, train tickets are so hard to come by at the minute so we're having to fly more than I wanted to, but we've finally made up to Haerbin. The trip up here was fairly uneventful. We had an afternoon to kill in Beijing so we went and had some Peking duck, which we didn't have the last time we were there, which was delicious. On arriving in Haerbin nothing really prepares you for how cold it is here. While waiting for a taxi outside the station I realised how cold it was because my beard froze!! We chilled out the first day because we couldn't get sleeper train tickets and had to get seats, it was a bullet train ... read more
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Asia » China » Heilongjiang » Harbin January 8th 2012

I made an impulse decision and made a weekend trip to Harbin right after our weekend trip to Beijing! I will only be in China for one year and I know that every holiday I plan for the rest of my life will likely be somewhere HOT, so I figured I should check Harbin off my list now. It was a VERY quick turnaround but well worth it! Harbin is a city that is in the very, very far north of China and is close the border with Russia. It gets VERY cold. Every year, for the last 13 years, it has hosted a huge Ice Festival and is now world famous for it. We took the train up Friday after school. Hard sleepers in China are very different from soft sleepers. In a soft sleeper ... read more
Church of St. Sophia

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