Hi all, food and money have been pushed back, since these past few days CET Harbin students all took a trip to Beidaihe. Beidaihe is a fairly well known destination in China, it’s along the seaside fairly close to Beijing.
To get there (and back) we took the train. Since the train ride is 12 hours from Harbin to the station nearest Beidaihe, we were in bunks overnight. I personally was looking forward to this, as Chinese trains are often included in various textbooks as they are a very common and convenient way to travel in China.
After arriving we went to breakfast at a picturesque little area made/kept fairly classically Chinese looking.
We then went to LaoLongTou or Old Dragon Head, where the Great Wall originally had an end into the ocean. The original is no longer standing, but a replica from (I think) the 1950s is great fun and a beautiful spot. LaoLongTou was also where troops were once kept, and also has an area to see recreations of historical buildings for that purpose.
After that, we bussed to Beidaihe where we had the afternoon to do as we pleased. I went to the beach (which was across the road from our hotel) with several others and walked along the water as well as spiking out from some rather large boulders. In the evening we went to a nearby amusement park type place called Biluota where they were holding a bonfire and had a DJ.
The next day we went to Lianfengshan or Lianfeng Mountain in the morning and a Hot Springs in the afternoon. It was really refreshing to visit the hot springs after walking around (not very tall but very beautiful) mountains in the morning.
The next (and last) day we didn’t have any special plans. I woke up early to join a group to see the dawn, and later I went with a group to walk around Beidaihe and see a bit more of the area.