Thanks to a whole night’s sleep, I recovered from the liquor sickness in the morning. Since everything was done yesterday, we had some time to learn more about this city. However, due to the cold weather, we couldn’t stay outside very long. Then we finally decided to go to the famous Central Avenue, a bustling downtown street in the city.
It was a little foggy and windy morning. After about 15minutes’ ride by taxi, we arrived there. The wind made it even colder. The Central Avenue was a wide street stretching from north to south, lined with yellow and cubic shaped Russian style buildings along two sides. Though it was not a very long street, , it was tucked with over hundred stores, big or small. There weren’t many people in the street, and the pedestrians were just walking by hastily in twos or threes.
While we entered the Central Shopping Mall, we saw something quite different. The whole building seemed to be packed with thousands of people…What a hustling place! We went to the supermarket down in the basement and bought some native produces: some black fungi, and some well-known sausage in Harbin.
Cold as it was outside, walking in the street really offered you something different. The wide street, not that busy as some part in Beijing, was neat and tidy. You could still vaguely see the snowfall last night. Filtered by the snow, the air was so refreshing. The pace of the city seemed so calm and peaceful, quite different from Beijing. I hardly have time to slow down and have a closer look at things around me in Beijing, and always seem to be driven by something…..Sometimes it really makes me depressed and stressful. However, I felt so relaxed here. Maybe I’m a wheel spinning too fast and need to slow down…
A friend of mine once told me, ” I really wish to live and work in a smaller city, where I can have a house of my own; I can do whatever I want; I can have more leisure time; I can truly enjoy my life….” Enjoy my life? But how? For me, I have to stay in Beijing no matter how I dislike it….In fact, I am trying to love it now…It is my second hometown. But what if I live in a city like Harbin? Will it make any difference? I’m not sure…..What I only know is—-Cherish the present…..