Advertisements

Weekly Photo Challenge: Heritage

DSCN9842

Chishakuin Temple, Kyoto

Harbin 2014 314

St. Sophia Church, Haerbin, China

DSCN0302

Chicago, Illinois

DSC_0135

Beijing, China

Advertisements

Weekly Photo Challenge: Wanderlust

IMG_20170422_144231
Shanghai

img_20170106_080948
Outside of Melbourne

DSCN3437
Kyoto, Japan

1. Each week, we’ll provide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme will be announced.

2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “Weekly Photo Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag.

3. Follow The Daily Post so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements, and subscribe to our newsletter – we’ll highlight great posts. Add Media photos from each month’s most popular challenge.

Other themed photos:

Architecture

dscn4351

Selfridge’s  – London

Shrine in Kyoto

Heian Temple, Kyoto, Japan

Spring 2013 028

Buddhist Temple – Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Harbin 2014 005

St. Sophia Russian Orthodox Church

Weekly Photo Challenge: Symmetry

Thailand

Thailand

Harbin, China

Harbin, China

Longmen Caves, China

Longmen Caves, China

1. Each week, we’ll provide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme will be announced.

2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “Weekly Photo Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag.

3. Follow The Daily Post so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements, and subscribe to our newsletter – we’ll highlight great posts. Add Media photos from each month’s most popular challenge.

Other great photos:

Travel Theme: Laughter

Harbin China

Harbin China 

Each week in her blog Where’s my backpack? Ailsa invites bloggers to post images based on a weekly theme. This week’s theme is Laughter.

If you would like to join in (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Laughter
  • Include a link to this page  in your post so others can find it too
  • Get your post in by next Thursday, as the new travel theme comes out on Friday
  • Don’t forget to subscribe to keep up to date on the latest weekly travel themes. Sign up via the email subscription link in the sidebar or RSS!

 

 

Harbin’s Ice Festival

I visited Harbin, China’s “Russian” city last summer. While the people were pretty gruff, it’s a fun city to explore. If I weren’t such a hot house flower, who loves to stay warm in winter, I’d take in Harbin’s Ice Festival and Sopporo’s Snow Festival. The sculptures range from majestic to charming so who wouldn’t be entranced.

Still I’d rather sip a hot drink in a warm room and watch the snow.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Yellow

Gold Papers for Funerals, China

Gold Papers for Funerals, China

Harbin, China

Harbin, China

New Synagogue, Harbin

New Synagogue, Harbin

1. Each week, we’ll provide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme will be announced. 2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “Weekly Photo Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag. 3. Follow The Daily Post so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements, and subscribe to our newsletter – we’ll highlight great photos from each month’s most popular challenge.

Other great photos:

 

At the Park, Harbin

DSCN4436

DSCN4456

The Zhaolin Park in Harbin is small, but packed with greenery with lots to do and see: groups singing or doing tai chi, children on the merry-go-round or watching the peacocks or rabbits in their cages.

I love how popular and well-used Chinese parks are. Early or late, you’re sure to see people dancing, walking or exercising.

Ibis Hotel, Harbin China

IMG_0935

With a great location that’s walking distance to St. Sophia’s Russian Orthodox Church, Zhaop Park and Zhangyang Street with all its European style architecture, Ibis Hotel is a good choice in Harbin. For about $30 a night I got a spic and span room with wifi and a TV (not many Western channels though). I could easily get from the airport bus stop to the hotel following the well marked streets and my Lonely Planet map.

The room’s are basic, but that’s all I wanted. They offer breakfast, but no other meals. I opted for a nearby Starbucks as I wanted the music and a place to work in the morning on my homework before I did my afternoon sightseeing.

IMG_0933

If you insist on kind, polite staff, this isn’t the hotel for you. In fact, the Harbin-ites I encountered just didn’t smile. At the hotel and elsewhere staff was gruff and unhappy about doing more than the minimum. Maybe they wanted people to feel they really were in Russia ;-). They do their job and they fixed my problem and put me in a non-smoking room when the first room was for smokers, but they’re not able to be cheerful.

Since the hostel just had a 57% satisfaction rate, I’m glad I opted for Ibis.

Harbin, Russian Tea Room

Russian Tea Room, Harbin

Russian Tea Room, Harbin

Eating at the Russian Tea Room in Harbin is like eating in a Russian grandmother’s house. The decor is homey, full of antiques from former Russians who lived in Harbin in the early 20th century.

I enjoyed the Russian tea (14 rmb) and salad, but the chicken and rice (29 rmb) was bland. I don’t know much about Russian food other than borscht so I could be wrong, but the chicken and rice looked quasi-Chinese, though the menu offered Chinese chicken and rice as well. I’d definitely return, but I’d order something else.


Previous Older Entries

Disclaimer

Dear Fellows, The State Department has requested that any Fellows who maintain their own blog or website please post the following disclaimer on your site: "This website is not an official U.S. Department of State website. The views and information presented are the English Language Fellows' own and do not represent the English Language Fellow Program or the U.S. Department of State." We appreciate your cooperation. Site Meter
%d bloggers like this: