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Monday, January 19, 2009

Ice Cold Harbin 

If ice and snow turns you on, you should head of to the Harbin Ice and Sculpture Festival in China. It is one of China's biggest winter attractions and reckoned to be the fourth largest ice and snow festival in the world. The other big events being Japan's Sapporo Snow Festival, Canada's Quebec City Winter Carnival, and Norway's Ski Festival.

Read an enthusiastic report from Rebekah Pothaar in the Shanghaiist about the Harbin festival. Besides wonderful illuminated ice sculptures, photographs of which are included in Rebekah's article, a large variety of other winter activities take place in the city, concurrent with the Ice and Sculpture Festival. The fesival runs, weather permiting, until the end of February, during which time there are firework displays, ice hockey competitions, winter swimming, skiing and speed skating events. There are even football (soccer) games played on snow, a poetry jamboree, and a film festival.

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