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.
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.
Things to do in Harbin
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.
Jilin is a small city in the province of Jilin. When I say small, I’m using a Chinese perspective of course. This ‘small’ city of 1 million people has about as many people as New Zealand’s largest city.
Sometimes I think I will never fully comprehend the sheer enormity that is the Chinese population, let alone that of the world.
The best time to visit Jilin is in the coldest part of winter – January and February. It is far enough south that the Songhua river does not freeze, but far enough north for -20 degree Celsius temperatures.
I love Paris – it has to be one of my favourite cities. I love everything about it; the Eiffel Tower (don’t snub it and not go right to the top), the Seine, the Artists throughout Montmartre, the architecture, the Museums, the beautiful churches, the atmosphere, the food….don’t get me started on French food. I won’t stop.
There are so many amazing things to see in Paris, and these places often see millions of visitors a year.
The Eiffel Tower, The Arc d’Triumph, the Louvre, the Musee d’Orsay, the Sacre Coeur, Euro Disney, the Notre Dame, Versailles, the Catacombs, the Père Lachaise Cemetery, and on and on I could go.
Qiqihar seems to get the ‘short end of the stick’ in Harbin. When I teach at one of the universities in Harbin I ask the students to stand up and introduce themselves: Name, Place of Origin, study program etc
Whenever one of them says, “I’m from Qiqihar,” the rest laugh.
When I ask why, I’m generally told that it is a hole.
I have to admit that I can relate to this attitude on some level; while I studied at university in Dunedin the running joke was that the next town over – Mosgiel – was a hole (sorry Mosgiel).
I think it is particularly unfair for Qiqihar. While it is not rich with oil like Daqing, it is a nice place and has a brilliant bird reserve.