Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Mudanjiang Stopover

After enduring a rather uncomfortable, smoky, and crowded 5-hour train ride from Haerbin to Mudanjiang (still in the Heilongjiang Province of far northeast China), we've finally managed to get to our hotel for a quick stopover. Thank goodness (knock on wood) this is our last hectic train ride in China. We sure hope Japan's Railway experience is much better than this...

On tap tomorrow is a rather long drive with a stopover at Jingpo Hu (Mirror Lake) and the Diaoshuilou Waterfall. Unfortunately, we've been told by two different locals that there isn't going to be water in the falls because the feeding stream had been dammed since the 1980s. Funny how this type of info only pops up after you've made bookings. Anyhow, we can't cry over spilled milk and the show must go on. Perhaps Changbai Shan (Everwhite Mountain) featuring Heaven Lake and a waterfall of its own might make up for this bit of a misstep.

Stay tuned...

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