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Asia » China » Heilongjiang » Harbin January 14th 2009

THIS IS PART "TWO" OF MY 2009 WINTER-VISIT TO HARBIN, THE "FROZEN" CAPITAL OF HEILONGJIANG, THE NORTHERN MOST PROVINCE OF CHINA: MY PRIMARY REASON FOR BRAVING THIS 24 HOUR TRAIN-JOURNEY FROM TAIZHOU TO SUB-ARCTIC HARBIN IS THE ANNUAL "ICE AND SNOW FESTIVAL", WHICH INVITES VISITORS FROM AROUND THE WORLD, DURING THE MONTHS OF DECEMBER THROUGH FEBRUARY, TO ONE OF THE GREATEST SNOW- AND ICE-CARVING EXTRAVAGANZAS ANYWHERE ON EARTH. IN MY LAST TRAVELBLOG #110, I SHARED WITH YOU SOME PHOTOS OF THESE SPECTACULAR STRUCTURES OF ICE, ALONG WITH PHOTOS OF THE CATHEDRAL OF ST. SOFIA, THE ARTISTIC "SNOW CARVINGS" OF SUN ISLAND, AND THE 2009 DISNEY ICE WORLD IN THE HEART OF HARBIN. IN THIS TRAVELBLOG #111, PART 2 OF MY VISIT TO HARBIN, I WANT TO SHARE A MORE EXTENSIVE SERIES OF PHOTOS, HIGHLIGHTING THESE IMMENSE ... read more
Harbin: The Big World of Ice and Snow
Harbin: The Big World of Ice and Snow
Harbin: The Big World of Ice and Snow

Asia » China » Heilongjiang » Harbin January 8th 2009

The crowded and long train left my home, cold Taizhou, Jiangsu, at 6:02pm and 24 hours later arrived in what is known as the "coldest" city of China, bone-chilling HARBIN, the capital of China's most northern province of Hailongjiang. The province of Hailongjiang has its borders with arctic Russian-Siberia, and HARBIN looks more like an Eastern-European or Russian city than a Chinese city. What drives people from around the world, including myself, a tropical Floridian, to visit this deep-freeze, provincial capital in the middle of the harsh winter, where temperatures can reach below -22 Degree Farenheit or -30 Degree Centigrate? The answer is simple: It is the world-famous, spectacular and annual "Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival"!! Each year, during every deep-freeze winter in Harbin, a winter that lasts for at least four months, the ... read more
St. Sofia Church in Harbin, Heilongjiang, Photo #9
The Church of St. Sofia is a splendid Byzantine-style church in the center of the old Harbin.
A Fairyland of Ice: The primary reason for me to visit Harbin during it's arctic winter.

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Asia » China » Heilongjiang » Harbin October 24th 2008

We took a fast train from Beijing to Harbin (about 7 hours). The fast trains travel at 214 Kph top speed (fyi). Harbin was our first stop outside Beijing and it was a little intimidating at first. The train station is across from the Long Distance Bus Station and a large square contains countless taxis, two city bus stops an underground mall and hawkers everywhere selling everything from nuts, to shoe-shines, or guiding you to seedy hotels. It is a lot more chaotic a little dirty and at least as noisy as Beijing. The air in Harbin is also pretty thick and unpleasant. Apparently the northeast of China is a heavy industrial area as we were about to find out. It's not all bad however, we eventually found our hotel after doing a full circle and ... read more
Harbin
Harbin
Harbin

Asia » China » Heilongjiang » Harbin May 20th 2008

Note: this was written over many several disjointed days so I apologize for any disjointed thoughts and events… Since I haven’t written in a few days, I have forgotten most things I did last week. Looking at my last post though, that is probably best as it removes the majority of rambling that no one really wants to read anyway. Tina arrived at SaiBei Farm on Friday afternoon thankfully as Levi left me alone to fend for myself (I thought I had rid myself of his existence - unfortunately, as I would later find out, that would not be the case). I am not really sure where he went or for how long he was going to be gone. This appears to be the way most Chinese conduct themselves. Coming & going as they please seems ... read more

Asia » China » Heilongjiang » Harbin May 19th 2008

There are 10 Ligers in the world. An animal of unnatural breeding... The result of a copulation between an African Male lion and a female tiger... Mythical creatures, one might think upon hearing their name. However, while on an excurision to the local Yabuli Dongbe Tiger Rehabilitation/ Preservation Park in the middle of nowhere... after feeding a live chicken to some hunger-ravenged tigers, 5 of my mandarin speaking older male Chinese colleagues and I were privileged to meet one of these rare fairytale creatures. A spotted head and a striped back... a science experiment gone right... and this particular case, imported all the way from Korea. Apparently it is impossible to breed a 2nd generation of liger, but this one seemed happy as it licked and ripped the slab of raw chicken meat off the bamboo ... read more

Asia » China » Heilongjiang » Harbin May 11th 2008

This is the second of two blogs featuring my visit to Haerbin/Harbin in Heilongjiang Province in the NE of China. As previously stated, the main attraction for me to venture into these frozen realms during the coldest Chinese winter in 50 years, was to experience the Haerbin/Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival, a series of gala events involving ice and snow carving art. The Ice and Snow Festival came into being in January of 1985. Initially the main events were the Ice Lantern Festival in Zhaolin Park and surrounding streets (particularly Zhongyang Dajie and the waterfront parks) and the Snow Sculpture Fair on Sun Island (a recreational area situated on the northern banks of the Songhua River). The festival lasted for about a month or so up until around Chinese New Year/Spring Festival Holidays. In 1999, ... read more
Snow Sculpture Festival Sun Island 1
Snow Sculpture Festival, Sun Island  2
Snow and Ice World 1

Asia » China » Heilongjiang » Harbin May 4th 2008

After some wild flower picking, and a quick jaunt around the “resort” grounds on a brand spankin new red pimp daddy of a mountain bike (owned by the Sun Mountain’s director, Mr. Yue Gong), I am ready to tell you all about Yabuli Moutai and drinking from teapots, eating fresh spring frogs, the value of fish eyeballs, how to say good morning in Russian, what a multi-billionaire looks like (when surrounded by 20 models and a golden shovel), and what it feels like to take a 3 day road trip with a bunch of Chinese people. Trying to Keep Up First of all, lets get something straight. The Chinese international students you meet at SFU might seem like a bunch of no-fun bookworms with their heads buried in their studies, but these are obviously NOT the ... read more
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