The Frozen City

Trip Start May 05, 2012
Trip End Mar 01, 2013

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Flag of China  , Tianjin,
Sunday, February 10, 2013

As it the entire country takes a week long break for spring festival my Mum, Debbie, was also on break so she came up form Xi'an to visit us for the week.

Since Tianjin doesn't have many attractions at the best of times we were kind of scratching our heads as to what to do with her; seeing as we had already visited most of the good ones during her previous visits.

One day we ended up heading down to Ancient Culture Street to do a bit of souvenir shopping - we still needed a Tianjin fridge magnet to add to the collection. Our taxi dropped us off at the end of the street which is right by the Hai river. We had heard how the river freezes over in winter and were amazed to see it. On the ice were loads and loads of families enjoying the slippery fun of sledding on the ice! We got brave enough to walk on it and hired a sled. The atmosphere on the ice was the best we had ever found in all of China. The combination of everyone being on holiday, and everyone having fun was really cool and it was a totally relaxed and chilled out place to be. I will upload a few videos as it really was something special.

Another of our ideas to entertain mum was to go out an explore Binhai New Area. Binhai is a developmental area of Tianjin and is really a city in its own right. It is out on the coast and took about an hour to get to on the subway train. However being a Chinese holiday there was nobody there! We couldn't believe how deserted the place was, though it is understandable why. At Spring Festival everyone returns home to their families. A place like Binhai is nobody's home so at Spring Festival it is empty.

By this stage in Spring festival we were getting very VERY tired of the fireworks going off at all hours.  Being in ChengJi was like living next to a construction site that was constantly blowing stuff up! They would light them form 7am till midnight, often taking a break in the middle of the day but building back up to full force around dinner time when it got dark.
I enjoyed going up to the roof of ChengJi and watching them explode across the city, but the noise got really old really fast.
When the festival was over and the fireworks were put aside for another year we were very relieved.

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