Happy New Year!

Day 6 without a shower. Hopefully we don’t smell.

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I thought I might be bored on this long train journey. I bought a Kobo and loaded it with books. I took one paperback and a pack of cards. The morning we were due in Harbin I said to John that I really must finish the paperback. The Kobo was not opened and the cards had not been out of their pack. There was always too much to see and do.

We’re all packed now, ready for the next part of our adventure.

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The approach to Harbin was very industrial. Apparently this area is known as the rust belt. The nodding donkeys show that Dallas has indeed come to Harbin.

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Harbin city centre was a complete contrast. Our hotel was perfectly situated opposite a wide pedestrianized street that we called Carnival Street. It had a real carnival atmosphere which reminded us of The Royal Mile during the Edinburgh Festival.

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Ice and snow sculptures were dotted down the street. They are illuminated at night.

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It was a kiddies paradise.

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and there was a maze. We thought of Mick just looking over the top as we got lost. Great fun though.

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What a brilliant first day in Harbin, and we’re clean!

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2 thoughts on “Happy New Year!

  1. Glad you are clean. Bet that was the best shower/bath you have had in a long time. Great sculptures. Never mind Happy New Year. Happy Ice Festival AND, lest you two love birds forget. Happy Valentines Day.

  2. Presumably if you had smelt then you’d just have been the same as everyone else who hadn’t showered for six days so no one would have noticed. Big contrasts and I would have loved to have seen the ice sculptures. For someone who dislikes cities I actually like seeing (and sometimes experiencing) city centres.

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