Take a bus to the hotel in the city centre for tonight's reservation. It's also a star hotel chain. The red sign and decoration are very eye-catching. The room area is small but the facilities are complete. Although the hotel is on the street, but very quiet, the sun has not yet completely fallen into the horizon, through the clouds or shoot out the afterglow to dye the sky floating clouds red, but at this time in the center of Christchurch on the street is cold. There were no cars, no lights, and only a few strollers. This Christian city, which was settled only in 1850, experienced a rare earthquake in February 2011. Although it has been three years, there are still broken walls and collapsed buildings that have not yet been cleaned up on the streets, and red marking barrels are placed everywhere to block out the construction site. When we put down our baggage, we grab hold of the time before dark and turn to the nearby church square. It is also very empty. The cathedral with some vicissitudes of history still retains the scene of serious local collapse after the earthquake. Although there are fences around it, it is very humanistic to reserve the iron mesh doors from different angles for visitors to take pictures here. There are many tall buildings nearby, some of which are still brightly lit, while most of them seem to be uninhabited. Christchurch, located on the East coast, has a much lower climate than Queen Town. It feels chilly on the road. After breakfast the next day, we took a walk around the nearby Avon River and Cathedral Square, once again gaining a better understanding of the reconstruction of Christchurch after the Great Earthquake. Despite the ruins, the slow pace of reconstruction and criticism, we still see the efforts of the New Zealand people to rebuild their homes. Large-scale cartoon figure paintings are posted on the walls where people go to the empty buildings. Huge model sofas are placed beside the empty sites where ruins have been cleared. New building steel frame supports are uprooted. Buildings that need to be repaired but are not yet taken care of are covered with fences depicting the image of Antarctic penguins. Although there are not many pedestrians in the newly revived urban center, the construction foundation is basically busy. In order to prevent the flying of the ash layer, any operation with the nature of flying dust should cooperate with sprinkling water at the same time. From this tiny detail, we can see the implementation of civilized construction. Maybe many of us have rebuilt the Great Christchurch Earthquake in Wenchuan, China. Compared with the Yushu Earthquake, we can draw the conclusion that "it's almost just a foreign worker" (in the words of a tour guide), but we still see the reason that the rebuilding speed is slow.
In the evening, I came to the hotel where I stayed, which is like a hotel, which is a small second floor, two compartments and rows of bungalows. But there are few tall buildings in Christchurch, so we can't compare them with Chinese hotels. It's amazing to get into the room. The conditions are really good. It doesn't matter whether we have a swimming pool, gym, bar, garden or not, because we just have a good night's sleep and good bath conditions. If only I had known that there were such good cooking conditions, who would have eaten the broken meal? Supermarket would have bought something to cook by myself.
Christchurch still shocked me. Four or five years ago, there were two relatively large earthquakes. In fact, the casualty population is very small, for the first time, zero; for the second time, more than 100 people. I was impressed by the news that no one died in the earthquake, but when I got to Christchurch and got off the bus at the downtown station, I was terrified that I was in bankruptcy in Detroit. Because the government did not have enough funds to rebuild, the downtown was almost abandoned, and many houses and real estate belonged to individuals, and there was no way to repair them. So the city centre is so ruined.
The construction of Christchurch was imaged by the United Kingdom. Many of the buildings were British-style, and Britain liked Christchurch very much. After the Christchurch earthquake in 2011, the Queen donated money with her own money. Then Prince William arrived in Christchurch for the first time to check on the disaster. Later, all the gifts she received from her marriage were deposited in the account opened for the Christchurch earthquake donation and donated to it. Christchurch. It is said that it will take 10 years for the whole of New Zealand to fully restore the original appearance of Christchurch. After the earthquake, Christchurch is the chicken rib of this journey. It is not popular. If time is tight, we can give up this station. Maybe before the earthquake, it is different from now. But Auckland to Christchurch is cheaper than Auckland to Queenstown, so team tours will fly to Christchurch.
Early in the morning, we flew from Auckland to Christchurch at more than eight o'clock to start our six-day South Island Regiment. Domestic flight security is very loose, careless I missed the flight time, or caught up. Considering that I don't want them to be too tired, I don't know how to drive, and I don't know how to speak English well, I chose the local Chinese travel agency and the tour guides all speak Chinese. Our group was assembled by tour guides at Christchurch Airport. Just book a flight before 11 o'clock, assemble and guide our first classmates to the botanical gardens and museums in the city centre, and then start the real journey after lunch with the second wave of convergence.
As the largest city on New Zealand's South Island, Christchurch is where almost all travelers go. But after the February 22, 2011 earthquake, Christchurch was almost completely different. First, the ruined houses, including Christ Church Cathedral, which was once the landmark building of Christchurch, could still be seen in the city centre. Now they could not be visited inside. They could only look out at the huge cracks and collapsed stones that the locals said could no longer be repaired. Block. Today, urban renovation and construction are still under way. You can also see the words "Kai kaha" in Maori on some building exterior walls or some T-shirts. It means "strong" and encourages people who have experienced the earthquake. Nevertheless, Christchurch is still the most traditional British New Zealand garden city. Looking down from Mount Victoria, you can see that 80% of the city is covered by lush trees. On the Avon River, the boatman in the traditional British costume gently supports the bamboo artemisia, feeling like Xu Zhimo "farewell to Cambridge".
After lunch in Christchurch, we rushed to Omaru, the smallest blue penguin in the world. Although in Australia and New Zealand, penguins can be seen in many places, where penguins are closest to humans. The legendary blue penguins nest in the Bay area, go out to sea during the day for food, and return to their habitat after night to rest and take care of their young birds. We have a chance to line up at dusk to welcome them back from fishing.
Christchurch is located on the east coast of New Zealand's South Island, also known as "Garden City". It is the third largest city in New Zealand after Auckland, Wellington, and the largest city in New Zealand's South Island. It is also New Zealand's second largest gateway to all parts of the world besides Auckland. Visitors can choose to travel to Christchurch on the South Island, then gradually northward, leaving Auckland.
Christchurch is the earliest English style city in New Zealand. Two consecutive earthquakes in 2010 and 2011 have greatly damaged the city's vitality, and it seems that it is still moaning. Christchurch has no choice but to watch nearly 60,000 people abandon, or go to Auckland, or Australia, or to the rest of the world. In the city centre, some important buildings are still being repaired. The famous cathedral of Christchurch collapsed after the earthquake, and now faces a dilemma. If it is repaired, it will cost a lot of money, but the current financial resources of Christchurch can not afford it. If it is rebuilt, the foundation of the image of Christchurch will be greatly reduced or no longer exist.
Christchurch is the third largest city in New Zealand and the second gateway to and from all over the world besides Auckland. Some people say that Christchurch is the most British city outside Britain. Walking in the city centre, the elegant buildings of the nineteenth century are everywhere, the street cafes under the trees, and people chat leisurely. Many of the streets in the city are named after British names, such as Cambridge Street. Antique trams, 20 minutes to roam the city's main attractions, church squares, art galleries and museums, the driver is also a grandfather dressed in nostalgic clothes, with a rose in the middle of his hat, along with the seat in the car, coin box, decorative paintings like time machines, instantly take you back to the nineteenth century.