Saturday, November 25, 2017

Harbin: Winter Snow Sculpture Exhibition in Heilongjiang province, China


Harbin is the capital city of Heilongjiang province in the northeastern region of People's Republic of China. Since Heilongjiang province is situated in the northern of China and near the border with Russia with the extreme cold winters, compared to other Chinese cities. The local government of Heilongjiang province promotes Harbin city as the most beautiful Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival during the winter, between December to February yearly.

Tourists from local and abroad travel to Harbin during the peak season of Winter season to visit and experience extremely cold weather at Ice and Snow Sculpture Exhibitions. Both of Ice and Snow Sculpture Art Exhibitions are located nearby to each other, on an island, which is separated by a huge lake from Harbin downtown. It takes about 10-15 minutes by cab from Harbin downtown to these exhibitions. Ice Sculpture Exhibition and Snow Sculpture Exhibition are located at two different places but they are near to each other. Ice Sculpture Exhibition opens until at night while Snow Sculpture Art Exhibition opens in the daytime. As such, we head to Snow Sculpture Art Exhibition first before going to Ice Sculpture Exhibition.

There is an entrance ticket fee for Ice and Snow Sculpture Exhibitions respectively. It is very expensive considering, these exhibitions are held for 3 months only. Do expect the entrance fee costs between RMB200 to RMB300 per person for each exhibition. It is very cold in Harbin. We never experience the coldest winter in our lives which can drop to -30 C. Even though we wear many layers of clothing including thick skiing gloves, we still feel numb and freezing after staying outdoor for sometime. That's the torture feel of freezing in Harbin.

Traveling within cities in China has become more convenient and easier for foreigners who aren't able to read and understand Chinese. Ctrip is a one-stop website where you can book from travel package, air tickets, train tickets to hotels at anywhere in China. This is the official website of Ctrip:  http://english.ctrip.com/

Traveling by domestic flight is very expensive in China. We want to get some local experience by traveling and sleeping on the train from Beijing to Harbin. It takes more than 10 hours train ride thus, we decide to book soft sleeper bedding in a private room for a comfortable ride. It is smooth, comfortable and clean rides throughout our journey. Shower is prohibited on the train but the water supply is sufficient for us to brush our teeth and go to bathroom business. Hot water vending machine is available to make hot drink and noodle soup in the cup.

Traveling and sleeping in the train from Beijing to Harbin overnight
Traveling and sleeping in the train from Beijing to Harbin overnight. It is comfortable and clean train ride throughout more than 10 hours journey
At the entrance of Harbin Snow Sculpture Art Expo in Heilongjiang province, China
At the entrance of Harbin Snow Sculpture Art Expo in Heilongjiang province, China
Celebrating Chinese New Year festival with fireworks and dragon dance at Harbin Snow Sculpture Art Expo in Heilongjiang province, China
Celebrating Chinese New Year festival with fireworks and dragon dance at Harbin Snow Sculpture Art Expo in Heilongjiang province, China
Fairytale Castle in Snow Sculpture at Harbin Snow Sculpture Art Expo in Heilongjiang province, China
Fairytale Castle in Snow Sculpture at Harbin Snow Sculpture Art Expo in Heilongjiang province, China



Visitors enjoy walking, playing with their top spins and cycling on the frozen lake at Harbin Snow Sculpture Art Expo in Heilongjiang province, China
Visitors enjoy walking, playing with their top spins and cycling on the frozen lake at Harbin Snow Sculpture Art Expo in Heilongjiang province, China

Castle wall in ice sculpture at Harbin Snow Sculpture Art Expo in Heilongjiang province, China
Castle wall in ice sculpture at Harbin Snow Sculpture Art Expo in Heilongjiang province, China

Enjoying the slide on ice sculpture in very cold winter at Harbin Snow Sculpture Art Expo in Heilongjiang province, China
Enjoying the slide on ice sculpture in very cold winter at Harbin Snow Sculpture Art Expo in Heilongjiang province, China

Sliding activity on the ice sculpture at Harbin Snow Sculpture Art Expo in Heilongjiang province, China
Sliding activity on the ice sculpture at Harbin Snow Sculpture Art Expo in Heilongjiang province, China

I love this romance snow sculpture at Harbin Snow Sculpture Art Expo in Heilongjiang province, China
I love this romance snow sculpture at Harbin Snow Sculpture Art Expo in Heilongjiang province, China

Some Snow Sculpture designs display at Harbin Snow Sculpture Art Expo in China
Some Snow Sculpture designs display at Harbin Snow Sculpture Art Expo in China

Giant ship and Palace in Ice Sculpture at Harbin Snow Sculpture Art Expo in Heilongjiang province, China
Giant ship and Palace in Ice Sculpture at Harbin Snow Sculpture Art Expo in Heilongjiang province, China

Heading back to Harbin downtown and overlooking at the frozen lake at Harbin in Heilongjiang province, China
Heading back to Harbin downtown and overlooking at the frozen lake at Harbin in Heilongjiang province, China

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