Photos by MJ Klein & Huichen
Hui-chen and I are going back to China next week on business. We’ll be blogging on our experiences there of course. But thinking about going back has prompted me to take a look at the photos we took back in August of 2005. We thought you might like to take a trip we took on the Black Dragon River.
The Black Dragon River gives it’s name to the Chinese province of the north east. It is a border river with Russia, who calls it the “Amur River” and a very important symbol of Chinese-Russian relations. The Black Dragon River is a very busy commercial waterway (as we shall see in a moment), and has a burgeoning tourist trade going on.
This is the view you meet when you first see the river.
I wanted to mention that this area is so far northeast that this hole is used as refrigeration in the winter time….
…. and also in the dead of summertime. The ground is still very cold down about one meter.
This is one of the many barges that travel up and down the river.
But it’s time for us to board our tour boat.
One of the passengers gives Hui-chen a steady hand.
The tour boat goes up and then back down the river and about 1/2 way across, always careful to not cross the international border between the 2 countries.
This is the Russian side of the river.
With the boat going about 1/2 across the river, and with a zoom telephoto, one can get quite close to the Russian side, in a manner of speaking.
The boat ride is quite pleasant and relatively slow speed. Tolerable by most people I would think.
This is a load of lumber on a barge.
Here you see the lumber being loaded onto a barge on the China side of the river.
Here is a Chinese ship managing a lumber barge.
There is a lot of activity on the China side of the river….
This is a Russian ship.
But notice that it’s flying two flags, one at the stern (Russian) and one on the wheelhouse (Chinese).
Notice the front of this ship.
This ship was designed to move cargo in barges up and down the river. Let me tell you, there is an amazing amount of commericial traffic on the river!
We’ll have some more adventures from China when we return! Be sure to leave us your comments below. Thanks for reading!