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Snow Sculpture, Olympic Theme
If you are coming to Harbin for the Ice Festival attractions, book hotels and all early. It seems to be a popular time. I will get photos this winter, if I can, and upload them then. For now, some information. It's become an international festival, though I can't say it was as impressive as I imagined.
There are a few places to go to see Ice: Sun Island Park, Harbin Ice and Snow World and Zhaolin Park . Each has something different.
Sun Island Park holds the Snow Sculpture Exposition and the largest snow/ice art museum in the world, I believe.
Harbin Ice and Snow World is the site for other Chinese ice sculptures, buildings made from blocks of ice with colored lights inside. Get here around dusk (which can be 4:30pm during the winter). In the summer, get here around 8pm, but don't expect to see any ice... ;)
Zhaolin Park has the more traditional ice lanterns. Supposedly well worth a visit.
There are several bus lines that run to these. For more information, the website http://www.travelchinaguide.com/attraction/heilongjiang/harbin/ice_snow.htm has good information.
I talked about it in the previous tip but ran out of room for the photographic evidence. Here it is. Be careful (not only for poo) about where you walk as the ground is very slippery.
Harbin Ice and Snow World 1
We trudged across the Songhua river, with a faint hope that the odd shapes in the distance resolved into something related to ice sculpting. Harbin's Ice and Snow World cost an astounding 150RMB to get into. Once inside, it was a nifty place to visit, cold, of course, but an interesting way to spend an evening.
What impressed me most was the sheer quantity and size of the piles of feces that sat freezing behind (and in) some of the ice buildings. Human, no less. I'm not sure what's worse... that people couldn't use the bathrooms (which were probably filthy with no toilet paper or soap- which really makes me wonder why China hasn't had an enormous epidemic... or if it's due for one...) or that no one cleaned it up. Anyway, that about summed up the place for us: cold crap with colored lights.
Ha ha! It wasn't that bad, really. The Parthenon was really neat, and they have slides which aren't that great to slide on, I hear... but if you plan to go, buy some crampons or those little things that fit over the soles of your shoes to help walk on ice... the place is slippery and in China if you fall and hurt yourself, you're on your own... welcome to the real world, I guess.
They turn the lights on around dusk, which can be around 4:30pm!
It's bright, colorful and famous... why not?
Five images here, many more in the travelogue, "9th Harbin Snow and Ice World".
Address: Just on the other side of the bridge
Directions: If you look out across the river, to the far left is a bridge... cross it (taxi, bus, car or on foot) or in the winter walk across the Songhua... it's a long walk in the cold and snow...
Autumn in Harbin
Late October isn't the best time to visit a botanical garden, many would say. Most of the leaves have dropped, the few that remain, despite their best efforts, do little to cover up the surrounding city.
A large complex, the Heilongjiang Botanical Gardens offer a desireable escape from the city, much welcomed after the chaos that is everyday life for many.
Get your wedding portraits taken in a magical world of trees, often uncommon in such great numbers in cities, of course... or in front of the castle-like structure... the pink castle-like structure. Maybe you can get married in there too.
Water plays a big part in a section of the gardens, and you can rent paddle boats or cross the ponds on chains susupended above the water. It's not that deep (there is very little water in the fall and winter) and only a few feet deep in the summer).
Not just as a tourist site, but as a place to get away from the city without ever leaving, it's peaceful and quiet. They have food vendors and bathrooms, but they seemed to be closed for the season.
Directions: Along Haping Lu, on the left side of the road as you go south. There are 2 gates. Admission is 15 RMB per adult (maybe just in the off-season).
I believe the St. Sophia Church was built around the turn of the century by the Russians, who rebuilt it soon after. Whatever the case, today it is used as a museum. It's lit up at night, and in the square that surrounds it on three sides, there are often concerts and events, some using the church as a backdrop. It may be the largest church in the far east, but it still retains much Russian style and sees mostly non-religious use, though there is at times music blaring from somewhere around it that is not quite religious, but nice to listen to, anyway.
Address: 95 Tòulóng Street
Directions: Near the main center street in downtown Harbin, Dàolǐ District
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