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Ice Festival

In the evening of my second day in Harbin I befriended a couple of Chinese people at my hostel. They were all heading out to the ice festival, so I joined them. As the ice festival hadn’t yet officially opened only groups were allowed inside and the tickets were only sold by group organisers. Good thing I joined my Chinese group or otherwise I would have had a very difficult time getting inside.

The ice festival is super expensive but I think very worth seeing. Here a few pictures:

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Entrance
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A small overview
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Light show!
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They have some stunning ice sculptures!
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One of the most impressive snow statues
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They had several ice slides. This is a short one.
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I love this picture.

After the ice festival I had dinner with the group and learned that in Harbin you eat complete raw garlic with your meals. I tried and even liked it. Locals must hate to kiss though. *garlic breath*

Harbin

Taking the train north to Harbin was very pleasant as the scenery turned from the usual old, falling apart buildings to snowy white. After arriving in Harbin, the first thing I did was get super lost. I took the wrong bus and ended up a few kilometres further from my goal than I started out with, but luckily I managed to ask and get help from locals.

I spent the day exploring the central triangle in Harbin encompassing the main pedestrian street: Zhongyang Street. Here you can find many shopping centres – something very much needed as I couldn’t stay outside in -20ºC for too long in my ‘summer gear’.

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Ice sculptures can be found all over the tourist places.
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Michael Jackson.

North of Zhongyang Street you find a river which is completely frozen during winter. They build a little fun park with slides and activities. Prices are ridiculously high though, so I didn’t try out anything.

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Bumper cars on ice!

In the south of the triangle stands a beautiful russian orthodox church , St. Sophia’s Cathedral, which is now being used as a museum.

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St. Sophia’s Cathedral

In the evening I ate at an overpriced russian restaurant.