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Saturday, 19 March 2016

My Winter Vacation Part 7 - Volga Manor 伏尔加庄园

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Destination:  HeiLongJiang (黑龙江), China

Duration: 23 - 30 Dec 2015 (8 days)

Mode of travel: Package with Chan Brothers Travel

Flight: Air China  (via Beijing)

Damage: S$1,878/pax, Tour Guide Tip: RMB200  Local Guide Tip: S$16, other compulsory/optional tours: RMB1,420 (slit throat + heart bleed)

Currency: RMB (we rough divide by 4.5 to convert to S$)

Time Difference:  Same as Singapore

Weather: -22 to -30°C



Leaving fairy tale land Snow Village.

Part of me was reluctant while the other part wanted very much to escape from the cold.  Why cold and beauty comes in one package >.<  But I know for sure, I can boast about this unique experience for the rest of my life lolxx.....

Breakfast before setting off.

Gantry like our MRT to enter into the restaurant, amusing lolxx..

Some stir fried dishes to go with porridge, rice or steam buns.
 One whole stretch of trays right?  But actually the trays were repeated dishes with about 6 choices only.

Squeezed into this little bus which drove us out to our big coach.

They don't allow outside buses to park at Snow Village, which I don't understand why.

We spend the rest of the morning travelling on coach...
and sleeping (with triple chin >.<)

Woke up, eat again, lolxx.. 
Looked more like a canteen than a restaurant.

It was boring.
Was craving for all sorts of food except for chinese food: ramen, pasta, ribeye steak, roti prata oh gosh......

After lunch, just a short journey, we reached Volga Manor.  We dumped our luggage in the room and dashed out before the sky turned dark at 4pm.

Volga Manor 伏尔加庄园
Chenggaozi Town, Xiangfang District, Harbin 150039, China.

Volga Manor covers 600,000m2, featuring Russian-style buildings which makes one forget that it's China.  Scrolling down, you will agree that this is a MUST VISIT in Harbin.

St Nicholas Cathedral is one of the attraction.

We found a cuter attraction inside.   According to our tour guide, this is a wild cat from the forest.
But it was very gentle, and crazy fluffy.

The interior has many intricate facades and paintings, photo not well taken >.<

The sun was setting, beautiful but damn it.

 Cos' not all places got street lights, it's not possible to explore when it gets dark, so we had to hurry.  Half running made me felt warm which was great, minus the breathless part.

Every single corner of Volga Manor is photo worth.

Souvenir shop aka "thaw station".

Found another wild cat.

Carried this beautiful big fluffy ball.

That romantic feel.... like one of those beautiful scene in movie...

Snow was thick, my boots entire sunk in.

This building is called Pushkin Salon, is not a salon but a museum.  It named after a Russian writer/poet call Alexander Pushkin.

Fairy tale house.

Enjoying the sight of snow, I think this garden must be very beautiful too in spring.

Another fairy tale house, in PINK!!

Imagine how far I had walked run to take this pic of the 2 fairy tale houses.
No idea what's inside the yellow and pink.

Very busy taking pictures, one spot with different angles lolxx....
Then, I saw something and screamed until I startled my tour mates...
I was jumping and running around the snow Baymax, if I have a tail, I'll be wagging it like hell, omg....  Soooooo CUTE, I died....

I wanted to hug it but cannot hug finish; want to jump on it but scared to ruin it; want to sit on it but it was too slippery.

It took me a while to calm down to have this decent pic taken, heeheehee...
Photo credit: Snap Snap

So yes, the whole world now knows I LOVE BAYMAX!  I am sorry Garfield and Tweety Bird, you all have to be past tense already.

Volga Manor is really beautiful....

Spot snow Baymax's little back view here.

Mini ice building.  Called it mini cos' in the next day back to Harbin's Ice Sculpture Festival Exhibition, what we saw was many times taller and larger than this.  I mean it.

These are not all, will load up more photos of Volga Manor in Part 8.

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