One Step to Russia!

At the Sino-Russian Border Museum (Photo from Happy)

Manzhouli, China: Part 7 of 10

Last July, my PacRim group had a San Diego (USA)-Tijuana (Mexico) border tour. Of course we had to stay at San Diego’s side since we needed a visa to Tijuana.

This time, we had a Sino-Russian border tour since Manzhouli is bounded by Houbeijiaersike on the north. (Sino is said to be another name of China, sin being derived from the Qin Dynasty, the reign which unified the country. Qin is pronounced as chin, which maybe the root word for sin.) The border looked a little bit scary though, because there were Russian guards in camouflage at the other end.

There are State Gates – those rectangular archs which mark the boundary of both countries. China’s State Gate is made of 2000 pieces of gray granite plates with Chinese characters on it. Below the State Gate View Spot are two railways for steam trains. We saw steam trains pass by while we were on the view spot. Both were on the way to Russia.

Russia’s State Gate

China’s State Gate (Photo from Happy)

All Smiles at the Sino-Russian Border

After saying our short hellos to Russia (and secretly wishing that we were able to just cross and get lost in Russia), we proceeded to the Sino-Russian Free Trade Zone where we bought our souvenirs. People say that this is the best place where one can buy Russian souvenirs. Indeed, it is. They have all kinds of matryoshkas, Russian pins, Russian chocolates, winter hats (totally Russian too), paintings, and many others. The sellers are still Chinese so it brought us once again to another haggling experience, although haggling on this part of China is not as aggressive and stressful as it is in Beijing. People are calmer and are not really into screaming when prospective buyers would try to walk away – a strategy to cut the price off some more. :-p

Different Kinds of Matryoshkas!

That afternoon, we visited the fifth largest fresh water lake in China – the Dalai Lake. There wasn’t much to see there, though, except for a few statues, a rental stall for Mongolian costumes, some souvenir shops, Mongolian houses, and food stalls selling exotic food – crickets and cockroaches. Yay!

Dalai Lake, Manzhouli

We then went to Diplomacy Hotel after our short visit to Dalai Lake. It was an evening of country presentations and our group chose to dance ‘Pinoy Ako’. Haha! We were to make a 10-minute presentation, so everyone agreed to do the Pinoy Big Brother dance since we thought that it most likely wouldn’t bore people. True enough, a lot of delegates from different countries joined us in our dance performance. It was fun and everyone definitely enjoyed.

A Chinese-Mongolian Dance During the Country Presentations

The temperature was surprisingly different last night. When we left Diplomacy Hotel, the weather showed a drastic change. It became really cold and I felt like literally freezing. I began to wonder again about the environment. Drastic climate change = serious environmental problem. How can we get so inconsiderate? 😦

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  1. […] 4:24 pm · Filed under Others: Just For Fun I was tagged by Happy last week (hangover of the Sino-Russian Border Tour? Haha!)! She came across this Russian site called Face Your Pockets which display pictures of […]

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