Discover Stunning Heaven Lake

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I first heard about Heaven Lake when I was looking at which obligatory tour to take in North Korea. I was looking to go as long as possible and at the time there seemed to be two types of tours that were about 11 days long.

One went to about 5 different cities and included lots of things, another started the same way, but then cut off half way and went to Mt Paekdu instead.

In the end I decided to go with the tour that saw more places and still managed to be cheaper, but I remembered Mt Paekdu.

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How to Teach English in China (and other places)

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Teach English in China!

Teaching English is an awesome way to experience another country as a career break, a way to have a deeper experience of a country during your gap year, to fund long-term travel, or to simply live and work in a new country.

I’ve had a great time living and working in China for the past year and a half.

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Beijicun Village

Beijicun

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Beijicun is the Arctic Village at China’s most northerly point. It is only a two hour drive from Mohe so I recommend going either overnight on as a day trip.

You can take a driver or you can take a bus. When I was sorting out my day trip I had planned to take a bus, but it turned out that only two buses left for Mohe at 8am and at 11am while only two buses came back at 10am and 2pm.

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The End of China – Mohe

View of Mohe, China

My first impression of Mohe was of a charming, quaint, and slightly rustic town.

There was a concrete train platform, but it was so much shorter than the train, that anyone in the last three or so carriages at either end just climbed down the stairs and jumped the gap to the dirt ground below.

Following the others passengers I found the ‘car park’ which was just an open area of dirt ground.

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12 Things to do in Harbin that aren’t the Ice Festival

 Things to do in Harbin

Harbin City

Harbin City

Harbin is by far most famous for the Ice Festival. Tourists are extremely scarce the rest of the year, some hostels shut down or convert into other businesses during the summer months and I’ve never met a foreign tourist in Harbin outside the peak Ice Festival Season. I think it’s quite sad as there are some interesting things to do in Harbin besides its ultra awesome Ice Festival.

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