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)