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.
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After 38 years as a Foreign Language Teacher and Foreign Language Dept. Chair at Coral Gables Sr. H.S., and A.J. Professor of German at the University of Miami, I have left Florida in June of 2006, where my home is in Miami Beach, Florida, USA. I have just signed another year's teaching-contract (my 8th year now) with Taizhou University in the city of Taizhou, located about 3hrs north of Shanghai, in Jiangsu Province, CHINA.
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Sugar-glazed fruits for sale everywhere in HarbinThese sugar-glazed fruits on a stick are sold at every street corner. This young vendor is standing by the river-walk, hoping for an early morning sale. The oversized, green, military-style coats can be seen everywhere, worn mostly by the locals.
The Year of the Ox in IceThe Oxen, wonderfully carved from blocks of ice, announces the "Year of the Ox -(2009)" everywhere in the city of Harbin.
I will leave you now for obvious reasons!Part 2 of my TravelBlog, highlighting my visit to Harbin is in the making after this necessary chore.
Though it is impossible to relate the artic cold I have experienced in Harbin, my visit to this city will be forever edged in my heart and mind. Please enlarge the photos for greater appreciation of the fabulous works of art, made of ice and snow. Your comments and thoughts are always greatly appreciated. See you soon with Part 2: Harbin, China's City of Ice.