And we thought hard sleepers were evil…we quickly re-assessed this thought when we sat down on these hard seats…and remained there for the next 6 hours!
We didn’t get any sleep, it proved impossible on hard chairs with backs at a 90 degree angle, plus being on the isle seat meant that when you did drop off you fell off!
Arriving in Mudanjiang we realised that not only was Lonely Planet correct in describing Mudanjiang as ‘a non-descript city of little interest’ but that we also should have checked the weather forecast…it was pissing it down.
After much deliberation in pidgin Chinese we managed to find a bus take us to the lake and decided we would continue the adventure despite the weather…after sitting on a hard seat for 7 hours we kind of felt we owed it to ourselves! It was just as well, by the time we arrived at the lake a blazing hot sun was beating down on us!
We managed to get ourselves student entry…which later turned out to be the same price as regular entry…we had been conned yet again! Having found a nice warm rock to sun ourselves and eat our breakfast we then splashed around in what we later discovered was the wrong lake. In order to find the real Mirror Lake we made our way to a musty museum full of stuffed animals and bird specimens from the surrounding area alongside some great Chinglish signs:
– …scenes made by the dexterous hands of nature.
– Under the action of structural forces plastic deformation may occur to cocks (I think they meant rocks!)
– …this causes distraction for the ground.
Eventually we found a 3D map of the area to get our bearings that turned out to be inaccurate that by the time we found Mirror Lake we only had 20 minutes to enjoy it before marching back to the bus!