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29th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin in northeast China's Heilongjiang province.  This year's "Ice and Snow World" features majestic ice castles and sculptures of fairytale characters.

"Welcome to Harbin! This evening, I would like to show you the famous Ice Festival, the church of St Sophia, and Stalin Park by the frozen Songhua River!" The words did not come from a paid guide, but from a local college teacher, Mr Alex,our volunteer guide in freezing cold Harbin city.
Leaving the mild winter of Shanghai behind, a small group of four people set out to discover the beauty and true winter of Harbin,capital of China's northernmost province: Heilongjiang.
Harbin, a former fishing village turned million-dwelling city,cannot escape its Russian influence:Colorful babushka dolls are on sale in Russian handcraft stores throughout Harbin, just as the Russian past is exhibited in the museum of St Sophia church. At the time we arrived at St Sophia,though, the lights were on and the museum was closed, so we enjoyed the large Russian orthodox building from the exterior.
All through the city center the night was lit by colorful chains of neon light bulbs on trees and ice blocks, at times beautifully,at times as kitsch as can be, contrasting the snow on the broad boulevards and the darkness with man-made warmth.
Harbin appears, at first sight, to be a lot less populated than Shanghai, though Mr Alex assures us that in summertime the sidewalks here are also crowded and streets are full of bikes. That Harbin strikes to have less construction work taking place and less skyscrapers really says more about Shanghai than Harbin.
Harbin sported a chilling minus 28 degrees that evening, turning even three layers of ski wear into useless clothing for keeping out the cold. We were warned about the weather before coming, and the locals, like Mr Alex, who wore a fine coat and nice shoes, appeared less affected.

Most famous of all in Harbin is the annual Ice Festival in which artists take large pieces of ice from the Songhua River and sculpt them into either figures or huge buildings. The sheer size of the park displaying these ice sculptures was overwhelming. The most sculpture like pieces are lit from the outside whereas the many buildings, some up to eight meters tall, have colorful lighting built into them as part of the ice-construction.


Wallpapers For Icy wonderland in China


Wallpapers For Icy wonderland in China

Wallpapers For Icy wonderland in China

Wallpapers For Icy wonderland in China

Wallpapers For Icy wonderland in China


Wallpapers For Icy wonderland in China

One of northern China's biggest winter attractions, the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, is on the way to Jerusalem, as part of a world tour. "We have the pleasure of hosting the Chinese artists from Harbin," Zion Turgeman, CEO of Ariel, which produces the festival, told Xinhua on Wednesday. "
This year’s “Ice and Snow World” features majestic ice castles and sculptures of fairytale character equipped with LED lights, bringing a colourful and warm aura to the icy wonderland in Harbin, in northeast China’s Heilongjiang province.
fireworks bursting in the sky over Ice and Snow World at the opening ceremony of the 2013 Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, in northeast China's Heilongjiang province. This year's "Ice and Snow World" features majestic ice castles and sculptures of fairytale characters equipped with LED lights, bringing a colourful and warm aura to the icy wonderland.

Wallpapers For Icy wonderland in China


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