Why would you want to go some place that’s even colder than the place you already live? And this time of year, it’s REALLY cold here in Shenyang!
The annual Harbin International Ice & Snow Sculpture Festival, that’s why! It is one of the World’s largest and best! Themed as “50-year Ice Snow, Charming Harbin”, it is the 30th Harbin International Ice and Snow. Ice sculpture decoration technology ranges from the modern (using lasers) to traditional (with ice lanterns). Harbin is in Northeast China and is close to Siberia. It is about 7 hours by car from Shenyang, but most people take the express train which is a couple hours. The festival officially started January 5th and we are going this weekend!
What is REALLY cool…In 2007, the whole festival featured a Canadian theme in memory of Canadian doctor Norman Bethune. Bethune is best known for his service in war time medical units during the Spanish Civil War and with the Communist Eighth Route Army during the Second Sino-Japanese War. He is a hero in the eyes of China. ( And any Chinese person I’ve met LOVE Canadians) Because it is an international festival, every year there is a sculpture creation with a Canadian theme. Cool, eh? 😀
When we were in China before David put off going…it’s REALLY cold there! BUT he promised when we returned to China we would see it. So, it’s off to Harbin TOMORROW!!! I hope I packed enough WARM clothes. 😀
Went for a short early morning walk in my park. They are gearing up again for a polar bear dip for Chinese New Year. I wish I knew what time it would be held so I could watch!