What a day! The sun was shining, the temperature just right, and NiNi enjoyed every minute of it (and so did we)!
We began the day by going to the Tiger Park. It
is home to the largest amount of big cats in one sanctuary. We road in a
wire-enclosed bus, and Xiaoyun pointed out that we were in the cage and the
tigers roamed free ;-) . I must say I felt a bit like I was in the movie
‘Jurassic Park’ – LOL. The tigers, lions and other felines were quite the sight
Once we left there we went to visit the Saint Sophia Cathedral. The
architecture is Russian (Heilongjiang province borders Russia), and was a
beautiful old building to tour. No matter where we go, NiNi is content and
takes it all in. We finished our sightseeing with a boat tour that took us to a
small island in the middle of the river (our hotel sits next to a main river
that runs through town). It had many weeping willows and lilac bushes (lilac
bushes are profuse here and fill the air with their fragrance), and was a very
pretty place to walk around.
We ate supper at a restaurant that Shirley had
found. Each table is in its own private room, and the amount of food they
brought us would have fed two other families. Shirley and Xiaoyun chose the
dishes and did a great job picking things even I would eat ;-) . When the bill
came, it was even cheaper than McDonald’s. We ended the day with frozen yogurt,
hugs and kisses, and NiNi snuggling with Xiaoyun and falling asleep. A great
day all around!