January 9, 2010

Ice and Snow World 2010

We missed this year’s Ice and Snow World staying home taking care of the young children. We loved last year’s event and were looking forward to going again this year, but somehow two kids that’s a bit of your time, energy, and money.

Those attending this year were greeted with intensely cold weather. I remember the temps last year hovering around 4F (-16C) when we attended. Compare that with this year’s temps in the -10s F (-23C).

Harbin ice festival a feast of fancy, lights1 (January 6, 2010, AP)
A cold snap in northern China has thrown daily life into confusion, but is ideal for fairy tale palaces, towering pagodas, and even a sphinx - all carved from ice - that make up the sights at this year's Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival. The annual event in northern China, now in its 26th year, pulls crowds from across China and even a few visitors from overseas, drawn to the unique visions of an international roster of sculptors who illuminate their creations with multicolored electric lights encased in the translucent ice. Tuesday night's opening ceremony featured a fireworks display, lighting up the sky above the festival's main site on Sun Island alongside the frozen Songhua River running to the north of Harbin, a metropolis as far north as Toronto that styles itself China's "ice city."

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