Monday, January 23, 2012

Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival (part 5)

January 22nd

We slept in on the last morning and checked out of the hotel at noon. January 22nd this year is the eve of the Chinese New Year, and the busiest travel day in the world. More people travel in China on this day each year, mostly by train, than there are people in the USA. All of our bags for this trip were carry-on, but we still had four carry-on plus a small backpack, two laptops and a stroller. On the way back we also had another backpack full of groceries we bought while in Harbin. Deb carried DJ and a bag. Suzanne carried a laptop and two bags. And I was the sight to see with five things to carry including the stroller. A big man with a big load is a real head turner in the train station. That start taking bets on when I pass out or have a heart attack. Thank goodness this big old man is in pretty good shape and made it without any trouble. We found the train ride back to Jiamusi seem to go by a little faster. It was especially nice to see the Chinese New Years fireworks over the city and down by the river as we passed over the river bridge coming into Jiamusi. Harbin is a much larger city than Jiamusi and even though we can only say this for another four weeks, Jiamusi has been our home for two years, and it was good to be home.

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