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article imagePhoto Essay: Spring in Jilin, China Special

By Lonna Lisa Williams     Jun 7, 2014 in World
Jilin - Spring came late to northeast China. Walk with me beside the Songhua River of Jilin and see the flowers, people out walking or riding bikes, teens playing in the flooded river, and remnants of their recent Dragon Boat Festival.
There's not much to do in Jilin, northeast China. When you're not busy teaching English, you can go shopping at local malls or family markets, hang out at restaurants or McDonald's, tour hotels, or walk along the Songhua River. Jilin Province is so far north (near the borders of Russia and North Korea) that spring comes late, and only after the recent Dragon Boat Festival did I finally see flowers blooming and people out strolling or riding bikes. Walk with me and enjoy the colorful sights of spring and random things you can find only in China.
Recent spring rains flooded Jilin s Songhua river  covering walkways that were once dry
Recent spring rains flooded Jilin's Songhua river, covering walkways that were once dry
Flowers by the flooded Songhua river
Flowers by the flooded Songhua river
Stairs lead down to the flooded Songhua river
Stairs lead down to the flooded Songhua river
A waiter tries to navigate the stairs
A waiter tries to navigate the stairs
Spring is a time for romance  and this young couple cuddle by the Songhua river
Spring is a time for romance, and this young couple cuddle by the Songhua river
A man approaches a woman by the Songhua river
A man approaches a woman by the Songhua river
Teenagers play in the flooded Songhua river.  Notice the fake crocodiles in the pool nearby.
Teenagers play in the flooded Songhua river. Notice the fake crocodiles in the pool nearby.
Fake flowers from the recent Dragon Boat festival languish near the Songhua river
Fake flowers from the recent Dragon Boat festival languish near the Songhua river
Birds enjoy spring in trees along the Songhua river
Birds enjoy spring in trees along the Songhua river
Entrance to one of the Songhua river s dragon boats which also serves as a restaurant
Entrance to one of the Songhua river's dragon boats which also serves as a restaurant
Overview of the Songhua river s dragon boats at Jilin City
Overview of the Songhua river's dragon boats at Jilin City
A closer view of the Songhua river s dragon boats
A closer view of the Songhua river's dragon boats
A yellow motorbike passes by yellow flowers on the walkway above Jilin a Songhua river
A yellow motorbike passes by yellow flowers on the walkway above Jilin'a Songhua river
A moth enjoys one of the yellow flowers
A moth enjoys one of the yellow flowers
Colorful flowers by a tree along the Songhua river walkway
Colorful flowers by a tree along the Songhua river walkway
A red statue rises above flowers at the Songhua river
A red statue rises above flowers at the Songhua river
A man rides a bicycle cart near pink flowers along the Songhua river walk
A man rides a bicycle cart near pink flowers along the Songhua river walk
Pink flowers and a motorbike along the Songhua river walk
Pink flowers and a motorbike along the Songhua river walk
People stroll along the Songhua river walk
People stroll along the Songhua river walk
A lady with a parasol strolls along the Songhua river
A lady with a parasol strolls along the Songhua river
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