Harbin Ice Festival 2012

We spent a good portion of time last night finding cheap flights to visit our friend in Japan next year, and it brought back an intense bought of nostalgia for our time spent in Asia back in 2010. We studied abroad in Hong Kong for nearly half a year, which gave us opportunities to travel to Thailand, Philippines, Taiwan, Singapore, and China. We made memories in many of the cities we traveled to in China: Shanghai, Shenzhen, Xi’an, Chengdu. One city that eluded us was Harbin, the Northeast metropolis of China, directly under the influence of the cold Siberian winter wind. Well, luckily it eluded us, because we were rather ill-equipped while living in Hong Kong. Northeast China is home to the Harbin ice and snow festival – one of the world’s four largest festivals, in fact, along with Japan‘s Sapporo Snow FestivalCanada‘s Quebec City Winter Carnival, and Norway‘s Ski Festival.

The Harbin Ice and Snow Festival has been an annual event since 1985 and is a key tourist destination, along with many of their winter recreational activities. The 2013 Harbin Ice and Snow Festival will begin on January 5 and last around a month, weather permitting.

View more photos of the 2012 Ice and Snow Festival here, courtesy of tegochu.

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Would you travel to China to see the 2013 Harbin Ice and Snow Festival?

[Photo via Reddit]


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