Wild China, The Harbin Ice Festival
August 6, 2008 12:27am CST
I just finished watching a program on the Travel Chanel. You should try to catch it if you can, it's amazing. 4 Years in the making it was made by the same people who made "Planet Earth". Its in 3 parts, Part 1 was titled "Beyond the Great Wall". At the end of it they had a segment about the Harbin Ice Festival in Northern China. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jy9Sy5pZTFY http://www.weirdomatic.com/harbin-ice-festival.html It's amazing what they can do. The temperature in Harbin reaches forty below zero, both Fahrenheit and centigrade, and stays below freezing nearly half the year. The city is actually further north than notoriously cold Vladivostok, Russia, just 300 miles away. So what does one do here every winter? Hold an outdoor festival, of course! Rather than suffer the cold, the residents of Harbin celebrate it, with an annual festival of snow and ice sculptures and competitions. The Chinese really know how to celebrate, it's no wonder they invented fireworks, only they could have. Have you ever been to the Harbin Ice Festival?