Best Night Views of Manzhouli City

August 23rd, 2016
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If you are a newbie in Manzhouli City, or a tourist passing through, I’m happy to recommend you to hang out one night to look at the splendid night views of the exotic and largest border city in China,  a  border crossing which connects China, Russia and Mongolia.

Beautifully Lit up Buildings
Manzhouli has the mixed folk custom of the three countries including China, Russia and Mongolia, a blend of Chinese and Western cultures. The city is crisscrossed with intriguing buildings of Russian, European, Mongolian and Chinese styles.

The Chessboard-like Layout of the Illuminated Manzhouli City

The Chessboard-like Layout of the Illuminated Manzhouli City

At nightfall,  all the 162 buildings of different styles lined on the 12 streets in the city center, are lit up brightly, turning the remote and far-flung border city into an otherworldly wonderland.

The European Style Buildings in Manzhouli

The European Style Buildings in Manzhouli

Beihu Park Skyline at Night
Beihu Park is a perfect place for an evening stroll while enjoying its brilliant night skyline. Beihu Park, literally “North Lake Park”, is located north of the Fifth Avenue in the city center of Manzhouli.

Beihu Park Skyline at Night

Beihu Park Skyline at Night

Its lake shoreline is set in brilliant lights with high-rises standing above, also brightly lightened, posing the magnificent night skyline in Manzhouli. The Beihu Park skyline is not to be dwarfed by  the world-famous Pudong Skyline.  It’s worth your visit on your night trip.

Beihu Park Skyline at Night

Beihu Park Skyline at Night

The Lively Pedestrian Street in the Evening
What makes Manzhouli unique is not only its exotic buildings, but also the mixed diversity of its people. Yes, the pedestrian street, officially known as “Sino-Russian Street”, is a bit touristy, but it is really a nice place, especially in summer. You sit down at a cafe and just enjoy people watch.

The Lit-up Sino-Russian Street

The Lit-up Sino-Russian Street

 

A Pretty Russian Girl

A Pretty Russian Girl

You will see beautiful Russian girls standing on the street for photo taking; Russian women sit on the street-side benches for relaxation; lovers, family members, friends or lonely travelers all come together, creating a peaceful night view.

The street makes a lovely walk in the evening.

The street makes a lovely walk in the evening.

The street makes a lovely walk in the evening and offers a great opportunity for Street photography.

A Panoramic View of Manzhouli at Night
Yingshan  Orthodox Church is a good spot for a bird’s-eye view of an overall view of Manzhouli City. The church is perched high on Yingshan Hill, about 5km southeast of the Sino-Russian Pedestrian Street.

The illuminated Yingshan Orthodox Church

The illuminated Yingshan Orthodox Church

Yingshan Orthodox Church is a newly built landmark, a replica of Russian-style orthodox church. It is mainly used for holding local wedding ceremonies and tourist sightseeing as well.

A Panoramic View of the Lightened Manzhouli City.

A Panoramic View of the Lightened Manzhouli City.

Standing on the high compound of Yinshan Church, people can have a clear and overall view of Hanzhouli City. The best time to view the whole city is in the evening when neon and lights are lit up on the streets and buildings.

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The Quiet Wusu Langzi Lake

August 20th, 2016
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After simple Chinese breakfast at our  hotel within Aershan (Arxan ) National Forest Park, we carried our heavy pieces of luggage, cameras and tripods back to our tour bus and started a bit earlier in the morning for a long road trip to our next destination – Manzhouli.

One outstanding feature of a normal photography tour is that the tour leader will ask the driver to stop at any photogenic spots if necessary, which may not be scheduled in a travel plan. These off-the cuff stops often bring us pleasant surprises.

About after a half hour’s drive, we passed by a quiet lake shrouded by early morning fog and clouds. Hemmed by the green hills in four sides, the lake looks like a beautiful fairyland – extremely quiet with mirror-like surface. The distant pine and deciduous coniferous trees have their reflections on the limpid surface of the lake. Wild ducks swam on the lake, breaking the mirror on the peaceful lake.

At the sight of the stupendous scenery,  all of us on the bus shouted almost at the same time to request for an unplanned stop to snap pictures of the fairytale-like lake. Mr. Li, our bus driver pulled up over the roadside obediently and all of us got off the bus quickly carrying cameras without tripods, losing no time to take pictures of the magical lake.

White fog and clouds hovering over the mountains and the lake

White fog and clouds hovering over the mountains and the lake

White fog and clouds hovering over the mountains and the lake

The surface of the quiet lake resembles a huge mirror with multi-color reflections.

 The surface of the quiet lake resembles a huge mirror with multi-color reflections

The surface of the quiet lake resembles a huge mirror with multi-color reflections

Wild ducks are cruising on the water surface, leaving a long tail of water trail.

Wild ducks are cruising on the water surfaces, leaving a long tail of water trail.

Wild ducks are cruising on the water surface, leaving a long tail of water trail.

Hemmed by the mountains on its four sides,  the limpid lake collects all the colors and lights onto its mirror-like surface.

Beautiful reflections on the mirror-like water surface.

Beautiful reflections on the mirror-like water surface.

What a quiet place! Beautiful water and fragrant grass.

What a quiet place! Beautiful water and fragrant grass.

What a quiet place! Beautiful water and fragrant grass.

In 10 minutes all the fog and clouds hovering above the lake disappeared! Back to the bus, I searched online for more information on the mysterious lake.  Later I learned that the lake had a beautiful name known as “Wusu Langzi Lake” (乌苏浪子湖).

“Langzi” literally means “Return of a Prodigal Son”. “Wusu” is the name of the lost son. It is a long legendary story about a young man named “Wusu”, a descendent of Genghis Khan. “Wusu” in Mongolian means “water”.  He was given the name of Wusu (water) in a hope he could bring peace and prosperity to the grassland which had been hit by drought on successive years.

To the disappointment of the local people,  Wusu didn’t want to work or tend the herding on the grassland. People called him “Wusu Langzi”, a prodigal son named “Wusu”.

But at the age of 25 when the grassland was again hit by drought,  he led a group of young men looking for underground springs. Later Wusu took adventure to bring water and even the lake onto the grassland. In memory of Wusu, the lake was named Wusu Langzi Lake.

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Dujuan Lake in Aershan National Forest Park

August 17th, 2016
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Aershan (Arxan ) National Forest Park is located 92 km northeast of Aershan City in the northwest of Hinggan Meng, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. The natural park features the lunar landscape formed by solidified volcanic lava strewn with limpid rivers, amazing crater lakes and colorful deciduous coniferous forests.

The entrance to the park is a bit pricey – admission fee 180 yuan(peak season)and 150 yuan (shoulder season),  plus the shuttle bus fare 105 yuan per person. Shuttle buses within the huge park are only available in summer time. If you come here in other seasons, you have to arrange your own transport, booking a taxi or car to plan your 1- day or 2-day tour.  Your ticket is valid for two days. Car daily rate ( non-peak season ) is about 300 – 400  yuan per day.

My recent late-July trip to Aershan ( on a local photographer tour of Aershan and Hulunbuir), turned out to be much rewarding and exciting. The local shuttles took us to different attraction sites in the park, such as Tianchi Lake (Heavenly Lake), Tuofengling Tianchi Lake, Dujuan Lake, Shitang Lin, and Grand Valley.

Dujuan Lake was one of my favorite highlights in the park. It was our last stop in the park for the first day,  also the get-together place for our photographer tour group on that day.  When we got off the shuttle bus, it was about 5:00 pm  and the hordes of domestic tourists were thinning out, walking in our opposite directions.

Dujuan Lake is a perfect place for taking sunset pictures. Of course, Dujuan Lake is more than a photogenic spot for sunset. As it name suggests, “Dujuan”, literally “Azalea”, in spring the lake is surrounded by blooming azaleas. The green trees and shrub, and scarlet azaleas dabble the lake with bright sunlight fiery glow.

In summer,  the aquatic plants, like duckweed and water lilies, are flowering on the surfaces of Dujuan Lake, waving in the wind and bringing to your nostrils their fresh and fragrant smell . Its summer vista reminisces me of my hometown – West Lake in Hangzhou.

Autumn changes the colors of the leaves of the surrounding trees and shrub, turning the water surfaces golden and reddish. Winter turns the lake into a huge natural skate rink with the surrounding areas blanketed with white snow.

Back to the summer trip, we were much enchanted by the pristine beauty of the limpid lake and the lava rock landform. Carrying our cameras and tripods, we walked around the lake area, maneuvering like guerrillas to spot different angles to catch the hidden charm of Dujuan Lake.

Dujuan Lake in summer with an azure sky, cottony clouds  and lava rock lakeshore.

Dujuan Lake in summer

Dujuan Lake in summer

Boating on Dujuan Lake much sought after by tourists

Boating on Dujuan Lake much sought after by tourists

Boating on Dujuan Lake much sought after by tourists

Dujuan Lake is one of God’s palettes dropped on earth.

Dujuan Lake is one of God's palettes dropped on earth.

Dujuan Lake is one of God’s palettes dropped on earth.

The magical water reflections on the surfaces of Dujuan Lake

The magical water reflections on the surfaces of Dujian Lake

The magical water reflections on the surfaces of Dujian Lake

You can find clinker lava rocks, aft-lauded as Sea of Lava Rocks formed by the movement of volcanic eruptions.

 Sea of Lava Rocks

Sea of Lava Rocks

Blooming water lilies floating on the water surfaces spout fresh and fragrant smell.

Water lilies blooming floating on the water surface

Blooming Water lilies floating on the water surfaces

Dujuan Lake flanked by thick deciduous coniferous forests.

Dujuan Lake sided by the thick deciduous coniferous forests.

Dujuan Lake flanked by the thick deciduous coniferous forests.

Dujuan Lake is an ideal place to view sunset and take sunset pictures as well.

Dujuan Lake is an idea place to view Sunset

Dujuan Lake is an ideal place to view sunset

The sunset glow over the duckweed on the water surfaces of Dujuan Lake.

The sun glow over the duckweeds on the water surface

The sunset glow over the duckweed on the water surface

How to get there
You may take buses or drive from Hailar, Manzhou or Ulanhot.

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