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... Tourist Tips:
1. Mudanjiang Airport is 9 kilometers (6 miles) southwest of Mudanjiang downtown, operating flights to Beijing, Guangzhou, Dalian, Qingdao, Yanji and Wuhan. It is about four hours' ride from Harbin to Mudanjiang, and again visitors can get to the Jingpo Basin with about two hours.
2. Winter in Mudanjiang is acutely cold. Apart from the winter wear, visitors should aswell accumulate their accurate accessories appropriately protected.
... military Ural convoy carrying a mobile radar antenna! The dish was folded up on the first one, the control room must have been in the second one, and the last one had the support frame.
Again we are reminded of the serious gear the Russians have. We live near the Enoggera Army base in Brisbane, and we see Unimogs and Bushmasters running around, but the equipment the Russians have makes the Aussie stuff look like ...
... along down the road.
Distance travelled yesterday 344km
Distance travelled today 396km
Total distance from Vladivostok 9998km. Wow, nearly 10,000km!
UPDATE ON BARB AND JIM
Barb and Jim are at Chita, repairing what seemed to be the fuel system. "Full of krud, had to bypass the aftermarket auxiliary filter" was their SMS. They should be right for arrival in Vlad next ...
... we were dumped in front of the train station of Mudanjiang.
A quick jaunt into the station allowed us to find out that we were to late to make it to our next destination and after a discussion with Dan, where he made me realise that trying to hike a mountain the following day with my foot would be stupidity. I could barely climb the stairs. So we decided to take a bus or a train the following morning to Shenyang.
We get the train times very easily but ...
... a good seat up front, saving the first row for Tian's dad.
As I sat there the bus began filling up with beautiful young ladies, who all gave me big smiles as they hopped on board! I was feeling pretty good about myself, until I figured out what was happening..The group we joined was an intellectual exploration group, for lack of better words. But to save money, they had joined a singles meeting group in chartering the bus.
As the bus filled, I felt ...