The Sun Island Park...
The Sun Island Park (Taiyangdao gongyuan) consists of one big island and some smaller islands in the Songhua River, which meander through the north of Harbin. This natural island is the biggest recreational center in Harbin and as such can be highly popular in the summer months and during the ice festival. The island covers a total area of 3,800 hectares of leisure resources, including the interesting Siberian Tiger Park.
In summer, the island serves as a natural river beach swimming resort and sanatorium area. The island boasts several fine beaches on either bank, a profusion of lakes for boating, swimming pools, sunbathing facilities, a fairground, a water world and an arms museum, to name but a few. The middle and northern part of the island is composed of mainly forested areas and a large garden. Various different styled recreational buildings were built around the 'Sun Lake' and the 'Lotus Pond'. With hidden paths winding throughout, the park is a nice area to stroll and try to get away from the crowds, lushly vegetated with trees and flowers. Barbecues and picnics can also be arranged in one of the meadows here.
During wintertime, when the island is gracefully covered with snow, the Sun Island is used as the playground for various winter sports. Skiing, Hockey, Ice-skating, and Sledding games are all organized here. More importantly, the renowned annual Snow Carving Festival is held here.
The Park also contains the Siberian Tiger Park at its northern tip, a good, but sometimes a little gruesome, way to see these rapidly dwindling species. There are apparently over twenty of these beautiful and powerful beasts here, being bred in the hope of being returned to the wild. If you are lucky, you may get to see a feeding session, where little hopping rabbits, live clucking chickens, prancing deer and fatty calves are 'captured' and devoured. This is certainly not for the faint hearted. The park can be reached by either a 20 minute bus/minibus ride from the pier (RMB40) or a taxi from the north, over the Song Wan Jeung Gong Road Bridge (Song wan jeung gonglu daqiao). Entrance fees are RMB30 for a 30 minute tour
Short walk behind and along Zhongyang Jie - Part 1
Until forty years ago, Harbin had a thriving Jewish community, one of the largest in China after Shanghai and Kaifeng. Now no more, although it is heartening to see that a Jewish visiting professor was appointed at Harbin University in 2003, hopefully reopening ties with Israel and the Jewish diaspora elsewhere.
Just one hundred metres west of the Holiday Inn hotel is a modern synagogue, clearly constructed recently as it lacks grace, elegance or any real charm. It stands opposite the head of Tongjiao Jie, which forks to the right from Jingwei Lu heading towards the riverbank. Just one hundred metres down on the left hand side of Tongjiao Jie are two remarkable buildings: next to each other are two more synagogues. I know nothing about the bigger, nearer building but the smaller building (now a Korean high school) was built in 1919, but only two years later was relegated to being a music school. (was the bigger synagogue next door constructed then? If so, they missed a trick, as the smaller one is a considerably more beautiful building!)
Truning right at this point into Hongzhuan Lu, most of the first stretch is 1950s appartment blocks, but as Zhongyang Lu is approached, a few surprises are in store......
[Continued in Part 2]
The newer structure
The Ice Lantern Festival
lots people said that. It is definitely the first must see activity. The open time varies. We have to wait until the coldest time comes , right? Usually starts in January 5th and lasts till February. At night the sculptures are illuminated from inside with colorful lights. So the cleverest way is going there at late afternoon and stay in the park until the dark and lights on, in this way, you can see the Ice in two style : day time white style and night-colorful style.
Siberian Tiger Park - Part 1
This makes an interesting half-day visit from Harbin. It is on the north side of the Songhuajiang river, and about 30RMB in a taxi. It is advisable to get the taxi to wait, as there are not many in this area.
It is difficult to know what to make of the place though. It is ostensibly a breeding and research centre for the Amur Tiger, yet it doesn't show up on the ISIS listing of centres holding Siberian tigers. In fact, there is precious little mention of the place anywhere other than in news stories of keepers being eaten by the tigers occasionally.
There is virtually no educational information at all, other than some photo panels in the waiting 'shed' where you can browse through the....errrr....tasteful tourist souvenirs (yawn).
If the centre is for research purposes, I am curious to know why they need to keep African lions and black panthers there as well.
Tickets are purchased at the exit, as is common in China.(I know. Live with it) You walk across to the shed and wait for a minibus to take you through about eight open compounds where large numbers of extremely impressive Siberian tigers are hanging around looking fierce and very, very big.
Song Of Snow--Harbin
"a piece of cake"
Since I knew my uncle studies in Harbin i havw always wanted to visited there and thanks to many leaders there who make the cool city passionful and thanks to my friends who enrich my trip
it was also another brand new feeling for me as a tropical-living pweson
time was treasure therefore we cherished every moment...
"street @ HRB"
Cold but still busy