almost every big cities in northeast china have this soviet red army martyr monument. in hailar, the graveyard is in a garden on the street corner, quiet and beautiful, a nice place for visitors to stay and rest.
hailang was a mistake by russian. in 1903, when russian built trans-sebria railway, they found this hailar station. however, russian knew few chinese and translated hailar to hailang and carved on the building of station. now, the two charactors are still remained on the roof.
it is one of five hailar forts, also a only one open to the visiters. the forts have been used to block soviet red army. at last, in aug. 1945, japanese went out of the hole and surrendered to russians.
when i entered the underground fort, i feel i was in the hell, cold, dark and humid. it was said that many chinese workers who forced to build the fort died and the bodies were buried into the cement of the thick wall.
no fort can not be destroyed.
hailar - manzhouli
hailar - qiqihar
hailar - yakeshi
hailar - erguna
hailar - elunchun
hailar - xiqi
hailar - dongqi
hailar - yimin
There are two lakes in this vicinity, the Hulun Lake and the Buir Lake, hence the name of this area being Hulun Buir! Uncanny that isn't it?! This happens to be the Hulun Lake, where we found many a tasty Russian being eaten by the ever so bloody thirsty Chinese mosquitos!!!! Fortunately they have not as yet acquired a taste for English blood!!!!
Excellent news, for myself at least!!!!
It looked like a fairly decent place to come for a relaxing day , but the water did look a bit muggy and I wouldn't have wanted to swim in it! There was a little beach bar and restaurant and you could also take boast out onto the lake. A nice place to come for the afternoon, or weekend!
Hulunbeier is the main city in Hailaer district in Inner Mongolia, but to be honest there isn't a great deal to see. Apart from a large river running through the city, and the millions of mosquitos when I was there, all they seem to specialise in are massage palours and saunas. This may be the Russian influence or it might just be the normal Chinese thing, because every city does seem to have many massage and beauty places!
The main language here is still Mandarin, but the minority people here speak Mongolian and road signs are written in both languages. Due to the close border with Russain, there is a Russian presence here too, with some shop signs being written in Russian and a shopping centre all selling Russian goods. None of us were sure as to whether or not the things were real, but we liked them so ended up buying Russian chocolate, dolls, binoculars (to spy on the neighbours!), tea and coffee, fur hats and scarves and a Mongolian knife thrown in for good measure! Because this was the third Russian-Chinese place we had visited, we had already bought many of the above items, but there was no harm in buying some more chocolate I thought! Especially as I kept thinking of more people I could give it to as a present! Unfortunately, I also kept eating it when I got back to the hotel room...oh well, they'll never know!
Although this is the main entrance into this area, planes from Beijing only fly here on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Having bought tickets for the Saturday plane and then realising we could be finished by Thursday but unable to change the tickets, we have been in Hulunbeier for the last two days but get to leave tomorrow...phew!