Monday, December 31, 2012

Return To The Motherland



I'm back from China! It was a very relaxing two weeks- snow fights, buying sacks of groceries for dirt-cheap prices, buffets and banquets and Chinese immersion. The latter wasn't so relaxing but it was fun nonetheless. For this post I'll just include some photos and caption them. I've got a Best of 2012 in the works but I woke up at 6:30 yesterday and through all the plane trips and transit periods I haven't slept since so I'm in no mood to type up a beauty post.





We found some basketball courts covered in fresh ankle-deep snow and had a ramble. We certainly left our mark.
Frost on the classroom window.
The deer park next to the ski lodge.

The cathedral in the city centre.
Snow sculptures
An award-winning snow sculpture titled 'By The Roadside'
How they make the snow sculptures.
Christmas Day shopping in the city. We found H&M and Zara!
The tiger park.
The Ice Sculpture World.
It was so surreal, and there were giant ice slides.



On the plane home- from Harbin to Beijing. I miss the cold already!

It was so strange going from -25 degrees to 25 degrees. I miss the snow! This year we had groups from Indonesia, the Phillipines, Myanmar/Burma, Perth, New Zealand, Malaysia and Brisbane. I think we made more friends with the Mauritian and Sydney groups on last year's trip but this year's trip is just as good, even though we mostly stuck to our Brisbane group. The classes and sightseeing were such memorable highlights and we made some pretty awesome friends that we can actually meet up with because they don't live a couple of thousand kilometres away. Oh, and I enjoyed flying Cathay-Pacific! There was a mix-up on the last HK-BNE leg of the return trip and Economy class was full so they bumped us up to Premium Economy and it was a nice way to end the holiday. But even going from BNE-HK-Beijing on the way there in Economy, the entertainment system was great.
If you can go on China camp- if you've know people who have gone or who are going- I would really encourage you to go- it's such a good experience and they give you the best they have to offer. We stayed in the Hanlin Hyatt and ate at top restaurants amid all the sightseeing and the whole experience was completed with an amazing concert and party on the last night. :) I'm off to sleep off the jet lag now- Happy New Year and have a great time saying goodbye to 2012 and kicking off 2013!

12 comments:

  1. I haven't gone to Harbin and it seems like a very nice place. My friend used to work there but she can't tolerate the cold so she requested to have her transfer back to Shenzhen. I hope I can visit there someday soon! The place look really enchanting ^_~

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    1. Ooh, I can understand why she would request a transfer! It was -33 degrees at times! :)

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  2. Wow those photos are amazing, I always think it's amazing how one place can be a certain temperature and then the next be completely the opposite. Have a fab new year! :)

    Charlee
    http://charmedcharlee.blogspot.com
    xxxx

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    1. Thank you, and the same to you too! :) x

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  3. Absolutely beautiful! So glad you went to visit china! There are so many amazing places there and 'chinese things' and culture is soo diverse! I hope to visit an ice hotel one day! And Id love to visit the cities in western china for the food and culture! Happy new year!

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    1. We didn't visit any ice hotels- they were mostly castles! Happy new year to you too! :) x

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  4. thanks for taking us along on your adventures!

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  5. I too never end up wearing much makeup on holidays, I just can't be bothered! Nice photos, they make the place look magical. Glad you had a fun time :) xx

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    1. Thanks! Hope you have a good time in Malaysia! :) xx

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  6. What an amazing trip and love the photos! How lucky that you were bumped up into premium economy class! Did you go with family or friends? So jealous and I want to go for a trip now :P

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    1. I went with a group of teenagers on a Chinese-government-funded cultural trip! Hehe we were so lucky- premium economy is so much more comfortable! :) x

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