Sing with us – “We are one, marching on…towards the gate that leads us to the jet plane, flying out across the sea, radiant with energy, plant our flag on the land far beyond…”
It’s finally here. We are at the airport firing off this post before getting disconnected for almost 8 days. Going where we are headed, it’s highly likely that we cannot obtain access to free wifi (we are too cheap to buy). At least spotty wifi anyway…we’d be lucky to check in on our instagram account to see if we are still clocking more followers! LOL.
Harbin. The last frontier. eh no? nah. let’s not start that way.
Harbin. Frontier lands of nomads and herdsmen you’d think. Not true.
Take three. And action!
Harbin. Part of the super region historically named Manchuria, its meaning in Manchurian is “a place for drying fishing nets” if you look up Wikipedia. Hmmm…one word with two syllables translates into that much? Really? Anyway, this city grew from a small village (what’s new) because of the railway. In the 19th century, the rapidly declining Ching dynasty of China had been steadily losing influence to the Russians here, who brought the “metal road 铁路” to northeastern China.
That should explain why in the coming days we shall see quite some remnants of Russian culture and architectural influence while in the city. But our aim is not to buy Chinese made matryoshka dolls (we bought already in Russia), but to see the fabulous sculptures at the annual Ice festival! Mel will be lining his camera bag with heat pads to keep the camera and power banks at a reasonably toasty 10-15°C, so that battery life does not drain off quick. In the open, -20°C or lower can be expected! Hope to be able to update you while we are on the road.
Well, Mel sprouted a large red pimple on his nose just yesterday and Santa has asked him to guide the Air China sleigh tonight!
Cheers! Auf wiedersehen! Sayonara! Ciao! Tot ziens! 再见!
PS: okay, you need to start the singing at the beginning of the post with the gusto and rhyme like here. Mel recalled this was rehearsed so many times before he got commissioned waaaaay back!