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Monday, January 23, 2012

Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival (part 2)

January 19th

We walked about a mile or two to what is called a 'Carrefour'. We visited one in Beijing but don't have one in Jiamusi. It is a grocery store with a selection of import goods. We bought some mustard, taco seasoning, Doritos and a few other things we haven't had in a long time. At 11am we went to the 'Siberean Tiger Park'. It was a long taxi ride across the river and again we had to pay a high price for the taxi. The park was incredible. We had a bus tour through the park and even saw a tiger jump on a truck to catch a chicken to eat. After the bus tour, there was a section of the park that we walked through and got to see the tigers up close and personal. Besides tigers, there were also lions, ligers, white tigers, white lions, white ligers, leopards, cheetahs and panthers. The 90 RMB for each ticket was the best money we spent and I would easily pay twice that for such an experience. We took another taxi to Zhaolin Park. We lucked out this time and got a taxi that agreed to the meter and it cost less than 20 RMB. We finally made it to McDonald's which was near the park. They didn't have Quarter Pounder's but they did have Big Mac's and double cheese burgers. It was good to eat dill pickles again. We walked down the street to Saint Sophia's Cathedral only to arrive after dark. It was still very beautiful on the outside. We finally went to the 'Ice and Snow World' back across the river. It cost a high price of 330 RMB each to get in and was very impressive. With it getting very cold and the the baby complaining, we returned to the hotel and had dinner at 'Great Pizza' again.









































































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