Chinese wisdom “He who knows, does not speak, he who speaks does not know” ~ Lao Tsu

This is a Guest Post kind courtesy Sanjay who recently did a brief stint in China. He was lucky to attend the famous annual Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival and has shared with us some amazing pictures. China is indeed a country whose progress and development stuns the world.

Harbin is the capital and largest city in Northeast China, as well as the tenth most populated city in the People’s Republic of China. Harbin serves as a key political, economic, scientific, and cultural and communications hub in Northeast China.

It is known for its bitterly cold winters and is often called the “Ice City.” Harbin is notable for its beautiful ice sculptures in winter and its Russian legacy, and it still plays an important part in Sino-Russian trade today. Harbin is also considered as China’s fashion capital since new designs from Paris and Moscow reached here first before arriving in Shanghai.

The structures are made from huge blocks of ice cut from the nearby Songhua River. Artists create over 2,000 ice and snow sculptures within two weeks, including a 48-metre-tall “Crystal Castle”.

The wintry wonderland (-16C) theme park draws crowds from across China as well as from overseas each year with its unique sculptures, which are illuminated with multicolored electric lights encased in translucent ice. Visitors often stand in awe of the monumental ice and snow sculptures. (Information sourced from the Wiki)

Harbin 1

Harbin 2

Harbin 2a

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       HAVE A LOVELY DAY ~  祝你今天愉快   Zhù nǐ jīntiān yúkuài 🙂

About dilipnaidu

An open mind! Love to share my thoughts and a keenness to learn. An engineer and a MBA I had a wonderful innings in the Army and later moved to consultancy and teaching. My current interests are reading, music, growing culinary herbs, playing golf and yoga. I am serious on "Living life less seriously". A warm welcome to you be well and be cheerful always.

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  1. Kash Pals says:

    Wow! amazing photos.🙂

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  2. Lovely Pics…😉

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  3. shreejacob says:

    Love the ice sculptures..it’s like a beautiful snowy, glassy kingdom…far, far away in a magical land!

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  4. breathtaking =) I lOve the first picture it’s like a bewitched city =)

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  5. wow the shots are stunning Dilip
    wish you a lovely day🙂

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  6. Sarin says:

    Wow, really amazing Dilip!

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  7. drsuraiyanasim says:

    colorful and interesting! Cool post!

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  8. Chasing Joy says:

    Wow!!! These sculptures are amazing. Great Great pictures. Beautiful!

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  10. Absolutely amazing sculptures Dilip .. And I am always amazed at how throughout each culture Art shines forth .. We Humans love to have the freedom to create.. and yet so many sad stories emanate from this wonderful great country..
    Thank you so much for sharing.. 🙂
    Sue

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  11. Mala Mehwala says:

    Really beautiful.

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  12. janineyork says:

    Thank you so much for sharing these amazing photos. I love the lights in the sculptures, just beautiful.🙂

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  13. Binky says:

    Wow, those are some incredible ice sculptures. I had never even heard of Harbin!

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  14. Tina Schell says:

    Wow!! Love the flutist best

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  15. K Sriram says:

    Dear Sir,

    I guess there is an Indian version of this in every language – ‘those who have SEEN, do not speak; those who speak have not SEEN’….

    The central idea being – ‘experience of the SELF’; or becoming ‘nothing’ – the ‘ultimate’ goal of being born – is a subjective reality to be experienced but not ‘described’.

    At a more transactional level, it is similar to barking dogs do not bite or empty vessels make the most noise – indicating that knowledge when it is mature and is profoundly established in an individual he ‘LIVES’ it and doesn’t have the NEED to ‘SPEAK’ it…. and hence he DOES NOT SPEAK; while the one who has not experienced the knowledge will have no choice but to speak it, for it will not reflect or is yet to reflect in his behavior or the way he transacts with & in the world.

    Perhaps that is also the reason why SIlence is Golden & Speech is Sliver….

    Another view could be – anything revealed by an another through ‘speech’ is not going to be anywhere near revelation through experience and hence the knowledge is not complete so the knower who speaks does not really KNOW…. A simple example could be – we all think we know that change is the constant in life – yet every time there is a change are we embracing it with open arms ? so do we really KNOW?….

    Hence our Masters had a constant refrain about not speaking & silence was the preferred mode of communicating without ‘barriers’, so beautifully captured by Adi Shankara in the Dakshinamoorthy Dhyana Shloka Verse 3 – ‘Guraustu Mounam Vyakhyaanam, Shishyastu Chinna Shamshaya!’ – The Guru’s Silent Discourse leaves no doubts in the minds of the disciples!!

    Moral of the story – Convey through Silence or through ‘being it’ rather than ‘speaking it’; else we are guilty of ‘trading’ in ‘secondary know-how’ and being nowhere close to wisdom!

    Cheers!

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      Dear Sri,

      Your explanations to the quote is perfect. The moral of the story – ‘Convey through Silence or through ‘being it’ rather than ‘speaking it’’; is so believable yet our clutter of speech goes on and on😦

      That is precisely why business negotiations the ‘Chinese’ remain mostly in silence thereby confounding the opposite party and stealing the advantage🙂

      Thanks dear friend and a big NAMASTE

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  16. suhas says:

    China as a country was said to be sleeping. Knowledgeable people like Churchill said, “let it sleep, because when it wakes up others will lose their sleep”
    China has woken up and is acting with a purpose.USA is worried of economic challenges
    in future. Chinese have dominated the Indian Ocean and Pacific.Grabbed land from neighbours like us and Soviet Union
    Have we as Indians learned from them?? Or are we still at “bhai bhai” stage?? Don’t we know that they are in a better position on the geographical and other fronts? We were led astray by their toys which contained actual poison–
    I dread to think ;Agreements do not hold ground.

    WAKE UP INDIA WAKE UP

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      Wow Suhas that’s a strong take on the China versus the world perspective. Yes the dragon has awakened and undoubtedly China is a great nation and a wise nation too.

      We may recall the warm exchange we had when the Chinese premier visited India. It is the interest of nations to maintain a friendly entente instead of being on cross-purpose.

      Thanks my friend I enjoyed your comment🙂
      Cheers!

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  17. These sculptures do speak the language of self expression. RLS

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  18. renu says:

    wow..amazing sculptures…

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  19. marla says:

    So amazingly beautiful!

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  20. Madhu says:

    Thank you Dilip and Sanjay for taking us along. The sculptures look stunning!

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      Wow Madhu a compliment from you means a lot. China is a country which has always fascinated me. Their silence and their wisdom has answers to many of life’s questions.

      Yes I thank Sanjay too.🙂

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  21. Thank you and Sanjay for these amazing photos!🙂

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  22. gardenerat60 says:

    Thanks to your friend , and you , I could see these lovely displays. China continues to amaze. Their dedication to achieve is impressive. Only disturbing thoughts are , about the human right violations, about the political need to expand , about suppression of freedom..

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