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... which must be confusing for some travelers.
On the outskirts of Harbin is a museum built on the site of Unit 731, the infamous Japanese germ warfare facility where experiments were performed on live subjects, predominantly Chinese, Mongolian, and Russian prisoners. I had a big internal debate about whether to go there or not. It's really far outside the city, I didn't expect I would learn anything ...
... gardens, as well as a "Russian village" where Chinese tourists can experience Russian culture in the form of getting their pictures taken in front of giant Russian doll statues. There's also a deer park and some lamas for children to pet. I went over for an afternoon stroll and tried to visualize the craziness that will commence here in just two short months.
Harbin is a fairly hip town, obviously capable of handling vast numbers of tourists. In the summer months, it seems to be a playground mostly for domestic tourists. The cobblestoned streets around the old quarter are kept very clean and the old buildings are supposed to give the town a sort of European feel.
My hotel was a little ways off the central old street, and right next to a high school. I most ...
This week was pretty quiet, but the simple fact of being in China means that there is always a little something to say about things that I discovered. This is a part of my trip that I really like!
On Tuesday, I went swimming with two girls from the kindergarten and it was really fun. There were two pools, one was small and not deep and the other one was really long and deeper. I could see good swimmers there, but over time I noticed that more people do not know how to swim than ...
... see me and they like to scream a big hello! They try to communicate with me and I can see that they are a lot more comfortable during our classes. It also means that sometimes it is a little harder to keep them calm but it is part of the game and I like it. I would not say that I am a great teacher, but when I look at where I started, I think I improved a lot!
Another thing I liked about my week is when ...