The 20th Harbin Snow Carving Festival
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My warm room and the long sleep somehow revitalized me when I woke up at 8. Iâ€™ve said my goodbyes to Henry last night as he would be out today to ski with friends at a nearby resort, so I headed out to transfer to my 30Yuan a night, single room near the University entrance. This inn was owned by a Chinese couple who still didnâ€™t speak English (but could write numbers), yet looked more than delightful to have me for the next 2 nights.
After a few minutes rest, I hit the city to visit the Snow Sculpture festival at
Snow carvings of children, and animals already lined the bridge leading to the main park. Mascots for the Beijing Olympics also walk the grounds in case youâ€™d want a free photo with them. Somehow I couldnâ€™t believe I was actually here, a few months ago I was giggling at the sight of the photos from last year, imagining how itâ€™d be like to actually have my pictures taken with these amazing giant snow structures.
Each year, the snow festival hosts a snow sculpting competition that draws teams from around the world. Almost all the snow carvings showcased non-Chinese designs, having those of angels, heroes, art designers, mini cathedrals, pine trees, abstract art, houses and a whole lot more.
Across a small frozen lake north of the competition sculptures sat the largest snow sculpture ever created : over 30 meters high and over 250 meters long. The frozen lake right in front of the enormous structure, called the Ten Thousand Person Skating Arena during the festival hosts many different snow activities. Huskies wait to pull sleighs for visitors across the ice, snow skis, and a snow slide for those who cant get enough of the cold. My two hours of walking on the park seemed as though i was walking on prosthetics not being able to feel both my feet. I took the cab and headed to the