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Harbin (northeast) is the regional capital of Heilongjiang Province located in the northeast of China. Blessed with grace and character, the city is renowned for its unique, Russian-influenced architecture and remnants from the days when Harbin was a crucial stop on the Russian Manchurian Railroad.
To enhance the city’s image and boost its tourism industry, since 1985, the city hosts annual Ice and Snow Festival. Usually falling on January 5 and lasting for a month, the festival exerts a strong draw on both local residents and visitors from all over the world. The highlight of the festival is the ice lantern and sculpture exhibitions, which provide visitors a good opportunity to appreciate a galaxy of unique ice and snow art. These ice and snow art works come in all shapes and sizes. They can be as small as a mouse or as big as a bus. The designs range from life-size human figures, animals and flowers to towering castles, delicate pagodas and many other ingenious creations. Some of the most impressive are the intricately detailed replicas of famous buildings, such as the Potala Palace and the Eiffel Tower. And we mustn’t forget the Great Wall! Ice sliding and skiing are popular activities in the occasion. Learn more about Harbin's Ice Festival from articles written by our recent traveler Bill Cain (January - February 2007)
Among other attractions are: Stalin Park; “Sun Island” spa; Children's Railway; Japanese Germ Warfare Experimental Base - 731 Division; Provincial Museum; Martyrs' Museum; Russian Orthodox Church, Harbin Zoo.