Saturday, January 12, 2013
Already having a couple layers on, we sweated through breakfast; a Chinese breakfast buffet.
We put on a few more layers and went out to see Zhongyang Dajie/Central Street, a remnant of the international business district of the turn of the 20th century. The cobblestone street is now a pedestrian street.
Next to the hotel was a sculpture of a horse and carriage:
Modern Hotel itself is a historic site:
"The Voice" ice sculpture:
At the edge of the river, a larger-than-life ice gateway:
The Siberian Tiger Park was established in 1996 as an effort to help the endangered Siberian tiger, the largest of its species. The park is involved in research and breeding.
We boarded a small bus, where the windows were frosted over on the inside. Yvonne had made sure we had a credit card to scrape the window. We drove through several large enclosures, some with large pits dug in the ground (in summer, those are the swimming holes for the tigers). At first, you found the tigers by finding the spread of hay, and they would be lying there, like these lions:
Squawk! The chickens didn't last long, as they were grabbed by a tiger who took them off to eat them.
We were let off the bus, and entered a series of covered walkways over smaller tiger enclosures. This is where the younger one- and two-year old tigers were kept.
A man was selling chickens:
Okay, we were getting cold again, so back to the car to drive to our next destination.
Next, Harbin 3 Sun Island & Swimming.