Tuesday, December 29, 2009

HARBIN Part 2: Ice Lantern Festival

One of the main reasons people go to Harbin in the winter is to see the Ice Festival. The opening ceremonies are in early January, but when we went, most of the sculptures were already up. It was awesome. Also, it was COLD.

This is what I was wearing:
- Tank top
- Turtleneck
- Faux-fur-lined thick long underwear shirt
- Sweater
- Black jacket
- Purple jacket
- Blue vest

I was pretty comfortable overall, but my fingers and toes were suffering a bit. The sculptures themselves were really great - it was like a surreal city of ice. I've never done any hallucinatory drugs, but I imagine it's a lot like this: crazy bright neon lights everywhere and Michael Jackson singing "Beat It" on repeat over the loudspeakers.

The pièce de résistance? The Forbidden City! In ice!


  1. SO COOL! Do you have an actual estimate of how cold it really was? I don't think I realized it got so cold there, although if I had taken a moment to think about geography, I might have known that. Eh, or not.

  2. When we were walking around the ice festival, it was about 15 degrees below zero. Cold!

  3. Have you tried dumplings and roast ducks? They are the famous and traditional Beijing dieshes. And also bird's nest soup? Its a delicacy in China.

    Enjoy your days~~~