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Sun Island Park & Chinese Valentines Day

Hey Hey and a Big G'Day toya,

Being a totally amazing day weather-wise where does one head?

For some maybe the Japanese Germ Warfare Experimental Base but I think I’ve had enough of Warfare Museums for one Beers N Noodles Adventures. So I opted for what I thought was going to be an extremely cheesy island park adventure that instead held me captivated for the entire day and as I’ve been doing so much walking and spending less that I thought in Harbin I decided that a round trip on the cable car would add that little extra cheese to the day. I expected to arrive, walk around and find a simple fun park with other very Chinese things that wouldn’t interest me very much but I ended up spending my day slowly walking around the entire park stopping to read on shady park benches for an hour at a time where families slowly crept up on me to see my English novel and we’d then sit and talk for a time.

The park’s tourist zone covers nearly four thousand hectares; With landscape gardens and mini-forests etc it really is worth a day’s relaxation.

Upon arriving back on the mainland I began walking and noticed that there were actually thousands more people than usual and that most of the females were carrying large bunches of flowers, I then found out it was Chinese Valentine’s Day and that there was a street music festival on so I meandered up and down Zhongyang Street for a few hours dropping in on several small stages that come complete with different styles of music and I then figured as I couldn’t be with Jiang Ni it was time for a beer and dropped into the USA Bar where I met an American guy who has been coaching NBA Basketball not back in the states but also for periods of time in countries such as Lithuania and China and soon Japan.

Nice way to travel the world and to also get paid in American dollars!

As the story usually goes, we got to talking about life and travel, we started on the Jack and Cokes and then moved onto straight Jack’s and many hours later found the Chinese wanting silly photos taken with us all over the bar and there went another awesome night out on the town in China.

I do remember swapping details but I have no idea where I put his. So if you read this mate, I hope you had a great time in South Korea on the way to Japan!

<u>Sun Island Scenic Area</u>

Sun Island Scenic Area lies on the north bank of the Songhua River.

This dainty area, surrounded by water, boasts crystal lakes, rockeries, beautiful flowers and for the Chinese, exotic foreign buildings. In summer the comfortable Harbin weather makes it the first choice to spend a lovely day at the 'beach’ and in winter, it is a paradise for ice and snow fun and adventure. Every year, the Harbin International Snow Sculpture Art Expo held here exhibits enthralling ice and snow sculptures.

Covering an area of nearly ten thousand acres, the scenic area consists of Sun Island along with several other small islands. The main area has over twenty scenic spots which include; Animal World, Japanese and Canadian flower gardens, a small Russian town that I think has some dubious Russian dance girls available for an extra price, several very clean lakes, wet land walks and of course the typical Chinese fun park.

The Ice Sculpture Garden holds many awarded works from the Harbin International Snow Sculpture Art Expo and with an area of five thousand square meters it is the largest indoor ice museum in the world where exquisitely carved snow and ice works can be appreciated even in heat of summer.

In Russian Town one can dine in the Russian restaurant, stroll along Russian style streets and buy craftworks along with Russian paintings while a gallery near the Ice and Snow Culture Exhibition Hall displays Chinese paintings and is the largest private collection exhibition hall in China.

The Park also contains the Siberian Tiger Park at its northern tip, which after reading that it can be more than a little gruesome way to see this rapidly dwindling species I decided to pass it by. There are apparently over twenty of these beautiful and powerful beasts being bred in the hope of being returned to the wild. If you wish to visit you may be lucky (or unlucky) and get to see a feeding session where live rabbits, chickens, deer and calves are &#8216;captured’ and devoured.

Obviously it is not for the faint hearted.

<u>Japanese Germ Warfare Experimental Base</u>

For those who are interested…of all the horrors inflicted on the Chinese by the occupying Japanese Army in the 1930’s and 40’s none can match what went on at the Germ Warfare Base 731 Division. Between 1939 and 1945 Chinese prisoners of War along with civilians were frozen alive, subjected to vivisection or infected with bubonic plague, syphilis and or virulent diseases. Many thousands of people died here in the most gruesome fashion, including Russians, Koreans, Mongolians and it is believed even some American airmen.

But, not for me! Beers N Noodles toya…..shane ___________________________________________________________

The soundtrack to this entry was by Jeff Buckley The album was &#8216;Grace’ ____________________________________________________________

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Posted by eddakath 17:00 Archived in China

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