Harbin is a city in the far North East of China. It's closer to Vladivostok than Beijing and is only about 200KM from the Russian border. Obviously, being that close to Siberia it's chuffin' cold in the winter. We were told to expect temperatures down to MINUS 26 and, indeed, that's what they were the week before we went. However, it was a positively tropical minus 5-10 during the day so not too bad at all.
There is but one reason to risk the cold and go to Harbin in the middle of its winter and that's for the Ice Festival. A mega-event where several parts of the city are given over to buildings and sculptures made of ice. We were discussing this the other night and although that is what you go for (and it is amazing) it is the other stuff that makes it. The same is true of Xi'an and the Terracotta Warriors. The warriors are amazing and that is why you go to Xi'an, but the city is also really cool and interesting.
One of the interesting things about Harbin is the Russian influence. Lots of the shops still have Cyrillic lettering over their doors, there are lots of shops selling Russian themed tourist tat, including rocket launchers and land mines!
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I am a teacher of Economics and have worked in various schools in Europe & Asia. One of the things I love doing is getting out and about with my camera.