Imagine voluntarily going to a city where the temperature can drop to -40 degrees Celsius and being outside all day and eating one of their delicacies: ice cream? That probably doesn’t sound that fun and you are probably not going to be jumping off the coach in excitement ready to book your air ticket but that is the scenario you will find yourself in if you are brave enough to head to the Harbin Ice Festival held every January/February in the very north-east of China and believe me it will be worth it!
Every year the city gets together to create the most magical winter wonderland they can produce that will making you soon forget how cold it really is and make you wish you could come back year after year.
From gigantic ice palaces
To getting lost in ice mazes
Or sliding down an ice slide
To stumbling across a café made from snow
And finally getting to the see the cola bear
Where the east really meets the west
To enjoying ice cream and hoping your tongue doesn’t stick to it!
Walk across a frozen river
Or step back in time and take a horse and carriage
Harbin Ice and Snow festival will take your breath away
Have you been to Harbin Ice Festival? What did you think? Or would you like to go?
Harbin Ice Festival is held in the city of Harbin every January/February and is easily accessible from Beijing, Tianjin and other major cities by train or plane. Easily visited over 2 or 3 days this makes a nice weekend trip or for something a bit longer try some skiing or snowboarding at the nearby resorts or head even further north to the Russian border where you may see the Northern lights. Accommodation and transport gets very busy during the festival so make sure you book in advance but you only need to buy tickets for the ice festival on the day. Make sure you try a Harbin beer while you are in Harbin!
For more information check out the following blog post: How to… Harbin Ice Fetsival (coming soon!)
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