What to do in Shenyang – Archery

Talk about a Sunday Funday. Last Sunday we had a pretty exciting day. We finally got to go arching! (A term we’ve coined in our household as the verb of archery.)

Shenyang archery

We started the day off with French Toast. YUM! Then we all got ready to go out. We walked to the bank and then caught a taxi ride to the Honeycomb restaurant. By the time we got done eating, it was snowing outside.

It’s kinda hard to find a taxi outside of Honeycomb. Especially when it’s snowing. So we ended up walking to the subway and after a few stops and 20 minutes of walking, we finally got to the archery place.

Shenyang archery

At first using the bow and arrow was pretty tough, considering this was the first time for me. But after a few tries I think CCD and I finally got the hang of it. I scored a 71 on one set. (That’s pretty good for me). We’ll definitely go back. I’d say we had a pretty productive day.

Archery in Shenyang


Archery in China

Firing a bow in Shenyang

CFER here: If you’d like to try out archery in Shenyang, we like to go to Victory Archery Club. Just South of the RT Mart on Nanjing Nan Street. It costs 60 yuan for 3 sets of 12 arrows.



-15F say what?! Days in Harbin

This weekend we went to Harbin to go see the Ice Festival and ice sculptures. Talk about cold, it was around -15 degrees F. I am so thankful for hand warmers. They are my hero.

We left the house for the train station at the butt crack of dawn (6:30 am). It was my first train ride and the train was really nice. I like it a lot better than riding an airplane.

After three hours on the train, we finally made it to Harbin! Harbin is such a gorgeous city. When we first got there, we walked down a shopping street.




Then after looking at all the stores, we tried looking for a bathroom. Literally took us an hour just to find one. After we finally found one, it was time to go to the ice festival!




Also look what I found… USA flag!!


How cute is this? Angry birds! People were dressed up in pig and bird costumes. They were also playing a racing game. I’m guessing the birds against the pigs. It was pretty funny because not only were they racing to be in first, but they were running on ice.

We didn’t just look at ice sculptures, we also went snow tubing, sliding on slides made of ice, and dancing. Surprisingly none of us busted our butts. I was proud. But I’m pretty sure we all came close to falling at least twice.

After having fun looking at all the ice sculptures, we left to go to the hotel. We were all so tired, freezing, and hungry. Pretty sure more hungry than anything. We ordered in but literally had to call 4 places because everyone was closed. Finally we called KFC and they came to the rescue.

The next day, after checking out of the hotel, we had to get coffee before we did anything else. We went to a cute little café and had breakfast. After we ate, we went to look at the snow sculptures.





I also made my own snow sculpture :-)


We got to eat in this building made of snow and surprisingly it wasn’t cold inside. It was a nice place to warm up. At the end of the day we started to leave for the train station to head home. It’s crazy how we did so much in the span of just two days. It definitely feels like we were there for more. So we said our good byes and left for good ol’ Shenyang.


I would also like to send a big shout out to my Pappy for sponsoring us on this trip! It was probably one of the most fun vacations ever. Thanks a lot!!


Shop til ya drop

Today we went to the Wuai Market. I got 4 pair of earrings and 2 bracelets for less than 8 dollars! It was pretty nice. I’ll say we shopped ’till we dropped… Literally. We all went to bed early tonight.


By the way, we didn’t get these ugly glasses. We just thought they were funny. Haha.

We also ate at a yummy place for lunch called Yoshinoya. Except for some kind of nasty cabbage stuf, that CFER and Carolina China Doll made me taste. It was disgusting.


We had our first bus ride experience today too!



Happy Kitties

So apparently those creepy cat things in my last post are very popular here in China.

Today we went to MixC, a grocery store in the mall. All those happy kitties were displayed in that store for decoration. (Or to scare the crap out of you.)

We also found some yummy treats for mermaids.


A New Normal

We ate at a Japanese restaurant today that was so cool. I love the way everything was decorated.



Except for the bathrooms…

Yeah, their toilets are definitely in the ground. Needless to say I waited until I got home.

Even though its a drag that we had to start school today, I love the fact that we get to do school while in our pajamas. :-)


First day out!

Today was the first day Carolina China Doll and I went out into the city. (With CFER of course). We got the feel of how it is to walk everywhere. Which we don’t mind much, it gives us more to look at. 20130112-194607.jpg

When we got to the mall they had so many clothes. Y’all should know we were ready to spend! We ended up buying a few things we couldn’t resist. We even bought matching scarves.


At about 11 am it started to snow. They say its a warm day in Shenyang if it snows, but I was too excited about the snow to even worry about how cold it was. We met a new family that moved here through Michelin and they had a really sweet daughter who was sixteen so hopefully we’ll get to do a few things with her.

Today was also the first day to eat real Chinese food. It was so good. You should also know that we aren’t shy about eating new things.


At 6 pm we got back to the apartment and by 8, we were both in bed. You can tell we had a productive day and were beyond pooped (and jet lagged).

Here are a few more snapshots of our day.