A meeting with Santa Claus
I finally reached the Northern tip of China – Beijicun, literally meaning northernmost village. It was the perfect place for preparing my trip, take a walk and relax.
That time the village was empty. And I cannot imagine the amount of people who must be coming here every summer to see the northern lights. Right then there was nothing except few local villagers and some bored soldiers guarding the Chinese border. The rest was just some icy landscape in the sun, birds singing in the forest and horses playing on the lawn.
Beiji Town is a tiny small tourist village that even raises 60 Yuan (10 Euros) as an entrance fee. But therefore everything is the northernmost something: the School, the bus station, even the post office. It is all marketed as being the Northernmost. Villagers are amazingly friendly, if you get to meet one.
And this is the view to the Russian side. Forest as far as the eye can see!
The most ridiculuous thing is: There in Beijicun is a place nearby called the Christmas Town, where all around the year, a guy from Northern Europe is hired to play Santa Claus, giving presents to every tourist. Job requirements: Blonde hair, long beard, and tall. So I was off the list… But I was fortunate enough to met this fellow. But nobody takes pictures of Father Christmas!
After spending two days strolling around in this lovely town and eating some local dishes, I was ready to start off when things got serious!