April 16, 2004

Better them than us.

The last thing I want to be thinking about now that Spring is finally taking hold, is winter. But RobH pointed us to these pretty amazing pics of an ice sculpture festival in China.

The temperature in Harbin reaches forty below zero, both farenheit and centigrade, and stays below freezing nearly half the year.  The city is actually further north than notoriously cold Vladivostok, Russia, just 300 miles away.  So what does one do here every winter?  Hold an outdoor festival, of course!  Rather than suffer the cold, the residents of Harbin celebrate it, with an annual festival of snow and ice sculptures and competitions.  The festival officially runs from January 5 through February 15, but often opens a week early and runs into March, since it's usually still cold enough.  This is the amazing sculpture made of snow greeting visitors to the snow festival in 2003.
. Posted by jackhodgson at April 16, 2004 10:07 AM