The Songhua River (Chinese pinyin: Sōnghuā Jiāng) is the largest tributary of the Heilong River. It ranks the fifth longest river in China, runs about 1,897 kilometers long and covers a drainage area of 545,600 square kilometers. The source of the river is a crater lake called Heavenly Lake with an elevation of 2,189 meters at the top of the Changbai Mountain, which borders North Korea in China’s Jilin Province. The water falls down from the Heavenly Lake and forms a waterfall, as if the water rushes down from heaven. Hence the local Manchu inhabitant called it "Songga-liwula" (means Heavenly Lake). It is considered that its Chinese name "Songhua" is from its Manchurian pronunciation - "Songga-liwula".
|Opposite the river. Salji masih memutih.|
|Kena seberang jalan. Atas jalan tak ada salji, perhaps pekerja dah scoop pagi2 lagi|
supaya senang kenderaan nak lalu.
|On our way to Songhua River.|
The river is 4 meters in depth and 1 kilometer in width on average in Harbin reach. Songhua River has more than 900 branches in large and small size. The river is frozen over from November to April the next year.
The Songhua River in winter is no less bustling than a summer bathing beach. It's frozen hard with ice nearly one meter thick, turning it into a huge playground for all kinds of ice sports. You can go swimming, skating and ice sailing, or ride in ice junks or horse-drawn sleighs.
|Ladies and gentlemen, presenting the Songhua River! When we mentioned river, mesti|
ingat ada air mengalir2kan.. Ya, yang ini lain macam sikit. beku ya!
|One can get here by the cable car too.|
|The frozen Songhua River. Kat sini terkenal dengan aktiviti berenang dalam sungai beku|
tp kami x tengok la pulak aktiviti tu. May be, ada masa2 tertentu kot.
|Us. Semua muka berbungkus ya. Memang kena begini, kalau x, pedih dan rasa nak tercabut hidung.|
|Cable car di celah-celah ranting pokok.|
|Antara kenderaan yang digunakan atas sungai beku ni|
|Kami mula negotiate nak naik menda alah ni... Laju betul... Nak tercampak rasa.. Dah la serpih2 salji masuk mata. We paid 50 yuan for the ride.|
|Getting ready to go!|
|Hubby tried this|
|Kereta kuda pon ada. more expensive.|
|This one is the most expensive...200 yuan per person...huhuhu...|
Lepas Songhua River, kami ke train station kejap nak ambik tiket balik kami coz hari tu tak sempat nak redeem sbb dah nak kena tinggal train kan hari tu....huhuhuu... Kami pergi redeem di Harbin Main station tp balik nanti di Harbin Xi (west), Mengikut ctrip, kita boleh redeem di mana-mana saja train station sekitar China.
|On our way to the train station, we spotted this giant castle in the middle of the road. Kita yang x biasa ni memang|
rasa pelik,... jalan sikit, ada ice castle, jln depan lagi ada ice castle.. ehh depan tu ada ice lain pulak...
All the info is taken from: (taken from: http://www.icefestivalharbin.com/article-p14-songhua-river.html)
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