Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Anyone for Hockey?

The Sports Complex, Platinum Arena.  My sender tells me is the biggest sports complex in the city of Khabarovsk.  It is also the home of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) team Amur Khabarovsk.  Yes that is continental spelt with a K so that the initials are not the same as the CHL (Canadian Hockey League).  There is also a hockey school here and ordinary skating rink so all things icy are catered for.  There are fountains outside the stadium, I'm guessing they may freeze in winter.

The card shows an aerial view of the ciry of Khabarovsk and my sender Ksenia says it is situated very close to the Chinese border. The Trans-Siberian railway runs here, (5,296 miles from Moscow and 500 miles north of Vladivostock). What an amazing journey that would be. The city was once the capital of the Soviet Far East (1926-1938).  Not only is this a border town but it also sits on the confluence of the Amur and Ussuri River and looking at the tourist pages for the city it seems there are cruises on the Amur River (and city beaches).  All appears here on these video stills,  and very brief view of the stadium.


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