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Asia » China » Heilongjiang » Daqing June 13th 2009

Hello everyone! Sorry for the delay of the newest blog entry, I've been too busy living and enjoying life! The computer that I have access to here has been having some technical difficulties as well and likes to shut down by itself without warning. But enough with the excuses, here it goes... I believe I left off mentioning the Foreigner Olympics so I will carry on from there. Just for a quick refresher, the Olympics are where all of the foreign teachers (about 25 in total) from the various schools across the city come to have fun and compete in different sporting events against each other. Now what great day wouldn't begin with a trip to McDonald's?! Although breakfast was supposed to end at 10am, we arrived at 9:45 to discover that it had already switched ... read more
Golden Arch
Cups
Cup closeup

Asia » China » Heilongjiang » Daqing June 7th 2009

I have completely lost track of time, and I love it! After all, I am on holidays. I woke up at 6am the other morning and was shaved, showered, fed and ready to go by 6:30. It was just too bad that everyone else in the city wasnt, including Jeff and Niki! The sun here starts to rise very early, around 3:30am because the entire country of China shares one time zone which is pretty different from home. I guess it's just another thing to adapt to. The last few days have been pretty laid back, not that I'm complaining or anything! We have cruised the city marketplaces and malls on a couple of occassions, absorbing the culture every step of the way. The malls here are enormous and most of them are very high class. ... read more
City street
Awwww!
Just chillin

Asia » China » Heilongjiang » Daqing June 4th 2009

After a 8536km plane ride overseas to Beijing, 1058km plane ride north to Harbin, and an hour and a half train (couldn't find the distance on Google) up to Daqing, I'm finally here! With the help of a couple movies, 3 meals, and a few hours of snoozing, the first 10.5 hour flight went by quite quickly. When we landed in the Beijing airport the plane was greeted by an 8 person team of people wearing facemasks, gogges, and white laboratory coats that walked down the aisles holding a little pistol like device to everybody's forehead. Not only was this unexpected, but it was a little unnerving seeing how it appeared to be right out of a science fiction movie. I was told the purpose of this was to measure our body temperatures to ensure that ... read more
Beer Man
Fresh fruit
One Big Buddha

Asia » China » Heilongjiang » Harbin » My house June 2nd 2009

Hello all, We are not living in Harbin but our city is not on the map so Harbin is the closest they had. Daqing is our hometown. We have been living in China for a year now as ESL teachers. Our stay will end on June 23rd. China has been great we have been to Beijing, Shanghai, Inner Mongolia, Harbin, back to my old town of Yan Cheng to see an old friends wedding and to a new friends home town. China has been so great, we have learnt so many things and have seen so many great things like the great wall. The biggest changeling for us over here would be the cultural barrier. I know they say that North China is the last great communist front but what I really did not know was ... read more
Fresh!!!!!!!!!!!
our park
Our home

Asia » China » Heilongjiang » Harbin February 2nd 2009

“Welcome to Shanghai Pudong Airport! The current temperature in Shanghai is 50 degrees Fahrenheit with cloudy skies. ” As I walked up the jet way I ripped off my thick Eddie Bauer jacket, dropped my bags, fell to the ground, kissed the floor, and cried. Wow, let’s press the rewind button and find out what happened…. We woke up at around 7 in the morning to catch the metro to the Shanghai Railway Station. I definitely made the mistake of only bringing a duffle bag and a camera bag. If I could press rewind on life, I probably would have included a backpack in the mix (you’ll see why). Five of us (Me, Silas, Josh, Samantha, Mai) were walking to the metro station with loads of luggage all the way to the Shanghai Railway Station and ... read more
Little Fir Youth Hostel
Little Fir Youth Hostel
Little Fir Youth Hostel

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.

Asia » China » Heilongjiang » Harbin December 31st 2008

Asia » China » Heilongjiang » Harbin December 30th 2008




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