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The 9th Snow and Ice World

Harbin Travel Blog

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I slept late today. Woke up famished at 1pm, so i headed to a nearby restaurant for an 8 Yuan dumpling plate. Today was my last day here in Harbin, so I bundled warmly and got prepared to visit the Snow and Ice world. I arrived at the frozen entrance at 3:30 pm just before the sunset and before it opened. The tickets were at 150 Yuan this year and I was just too excited to get in the imposing Tianenmen-like ice entrance. The gates were guarded by Russians not Chinese and finally opened at 4. The slabs of ice piled on each other to form the massive buildings still weren’t lighted, but still looked amazing.

A few minutes later, the sun went down and all the neon lights in the blocks of ice lit up. Honestly, Id say that it was one of the best sights ive ever seen.

Despite the cold of Master Shakespeare proportions (-26 that night), anyone in there could have easily ignored the numbness of their feet and hands at the sight of the massive ice carvings of the Parthenon, the Tower of London, Russian Orthodox Churches, Beijing Olympic Mascots and the like, lit up all together with their neon lights of bright colors glowing against the clear sky.

 

I walked on the grounds for about 40 minutes before I decided to take some warm shelter on one of the café shops in the park. Coffee was at 15 Yuan (quite expensive for a cup in China), but I got one anyway, as I thought I wouldn’t last the rest of the night without it.

 

The blowing Siberian chill outside seemed as though every minute out there was a being in precarious situation and I wondered if my travel insurance would cover if I all too suddenly collapsed from hypothermia and I have only covered half of the park! I stayed inside the café until my coffee thawed, I really wasn’t after the coffee, I just wanted to feel my feet again!

 

I finally left and went for to see the rest of the park for about an hour more.

Icy Forbidden palace entrance
  Climbing the Parthenon, I was able to get a few good shots of the miniature frozen city and the magical looking center tower. They say more than 120,000 blockes of ice have been moved here from the Songhua River to build this entire park. Carpets floored the stairs of te parthenon and the other massive structures to avoid slipping.

Many sorts of activities such as ice-traversing vehicles were all around the park for those who need to beat the cold, and there was even an arctic fox where you could pose and have your picture taken for 5 yuan.  Being in the park seemed magical although I only spent 2 hours there. If only it were a little less cold I would have enjoyed it more. But hey, It was worth the experience.

 

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Icy Forbidden palace entrance
Icy Forbidden palace entrance
taken just before dusk..
taken just before dusk..
the sun sets at 4:30 at Harbin
the sun sets at 4:30 at Harbin
Winter wonderland....
Winter wonderland....
:) love this shot too!
:) love this shot too!
Ice blocks just about everywhere
Ice blocks just about everywhere
The entrance of the 9th Snow and I…
The entrance of the 9th Snow and …
The Ice steps were covered with ca…
The Ice steps were covered with c…
The tower of London
The tower of London
Olympic Ice mascots
Olympic Ice mascots
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