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July 20th, 2014:

If you are tired of nice and polite dessert…

… Here is an alternative.

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Random pictures of Harbin

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If the thermometer goes to -40°, you know that it gets cold.

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Many historic buildings are lit up at night.

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My retirement home!

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Saxophone quartet on the pedestrian street.

 

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Pedestrian street. Because it’s China, it was very crowded.

 

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Windows of an old synagogue. Mrs. Hoopie, wouldn’t this make a nice quilt pattern?

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Food stall selling “authentic” Taiwanese foods, including oyster omelette.

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The Russian influence on the local architecture is strong.

 

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Unfortunately a fire seems to have damaged this building. If no one takes action, the interior of the building will probably suffer environmental damage.

We ate dinner in a beer garden. A student group was there, on route from biking from the Bohai coast to the northernmost village in China, a place called Mohe 漠河. A map of their route was printed on the back of their shirts.

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The beer garden was a nice place to eat. We ordered food from the vendors, bought huge mugs of beer, and enjoyed the summer evening.

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Confucius Temple in Harbin

The Confucius Temple in Harbin is called 文廟 (Temple of literature) instead of 孔廟 (Confucius Temple), I’m not sure why. It’s a large complex, and the architecture is very nice.

In front of the main hall is a commemorative large ceremonial vessel, modeled on an ancient bronze style.

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Along one wall is a series of plaques that have the text of the Analects of Confucius with illustrations.

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The temple complex is orderly, quiet and peaceful, a nice escape from the chaos and noise of the city.

Separated at birth?

Three different people have said that I look like Lenin. I don’t see it, but you can judge for yourself…

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