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It's going to be HOW cold??

sunny 28 °C

So I'm off to China again next week; this time to attend the spectacular Harbin Ice and Snow Festival and to enjoy the festivities of Chinese New Year in Hong Kong. Plus a little bit in between.

I'd be lying if I said I wasn't nervous about the weather in Harbin. The most extreme temperature I've experienced before was one night in Edinburgh - the night before Hogmanay, I do believe - when it briefly dropped to -20C. I don't remember much about it, except for the lightbulb moment when I understood what hats were all about. For the past few weeks, when I've found myself awake during the night, I've got into the habit of reaching for my phone to check the weather in Harbin. So far the worst I've seen was -31C, and let me just say it was difficult to go back to sleep after seeing that...

However, I've done some research and I've stocked up on winter essentials (as much as anyone can in Australia in the middle of summer) and if the worst comes to pass I'll take comfort in Carol's advice that I will be able to buy anything else I need once I'm there. She has a point - all this gear I've purchased was made in China anyway. I'm just carting it back there!

This blog is going to be a little different to my previous one. The trip is really too brief to muck around with proxies or VPNs, but I believe I will be able to access Travellerspoint from China (community please comment now if this is not true!). So I've set up a feed where Facebook will automatically import anything I post here. That's why I've decided this one will be a bit more like a mini-diary. I'll try to take some pics as I go along too.

I leave Melbourne on Australia Day. I'll miss the end of the Hottest 100 countdown, but hey. I'm overnighting in Bangkok, and will arrive in Beijing Thursday afternoon. Until then.

Posted by Andrea R 19:29 Archived in Australia Tagged me packing cold diary

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I'm looking forward to read how an ozzie copes with the cold!!! Have a great time!

by Erna

Hi Andrea. I'm a friend of Mal's and he sent me a link to your blog. I'm currently living in Beijing and can confirm that I can access this blog without a VPN so all is good for your story publishing from behind the Great Firewall of China.
Re: Harbin, went there last year for the ice festival on a particularly cold weekend but was ok with thermals and those 'buff' things made out of elastic material. Just be sure to have something for the neck and bottom half of the face as any piece of exposed skin gets cold very quickly (especially given that the Harbin ice festival is a nighttime event). Have fun.

by Reece

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