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  • Asia,  China,  Guides,  Harbin

    The Ultimate Travel Plan: The Harbin Snow and Ice Festival

    The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival is one of the world’s largest and most famous winter festivals. Welcome to the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival, a dazzling spectacle that turns China’s “Ice City” into a frozen fairyland. Unlike most places on Earth, Harbin comes alive in the winter months in the form of the world’s largest and most famous winter festivals. This annual extravaganza is a masterpiece of frozen artistry, boasting colossal ice sculptures, towering ice castles, and an ethereal luminosity that will leave you spellbound. So in that case, here’s everything you need to know about the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival. This article may contain affiliate…

  • Asia,  China,  Discussions,  Harbin

    The Siberian Tiger Park: A Retrospective of Cruelty

    While fastidiously reading through my Lonely Planet Travel book on China, I soon came across a section dedicated to the little explored far-northeast. Amongst this barren frozen wasteland, its crowning jewel is the city of Harbin. Known as the Ice City, Harbin has also gained international recognition as the host of the yearly Snow and Ice Festival, a place which produces some of the world’s largest ice sculptures. The city was also home to a Japanese chemical weapon laboratory during the height of the war. Yet, that isn’t what has brought the city such notoriety. Harbin is also home to the Siberian Tiger Park, a place where the breeding and…

  • Asia,  China,  Harbin,  Top Lists

    The 8 Best Highlights To See In Harbin

    Harbin; nicknamed the “Ice City”, the capital of the Northern province of Heilongjiang is nestled in the region formally known as Manchuria. The city of Harbin has become a central hub of the North-East of China and an area that has received vast influence from surrounding cultures and historic conquerors. Evidence of which can be seen from the noticeably Russian architecture, nearby Korean cultures and more dark reminders of former Japanese colonisation. As the city’s nickname would suggest, the city is best known for when the weather seemingly turns for the worse and sub-zero temperatures dominate the region for months on end. The people of Harbin have taken this in…

  • Asia,  China,  Guides,  Harbin

    The Ultimate Travel Guide: Harbin

    Nicknamed the “Ice City”, the capital of the Northernmost province of Heilongjiang is the central hub of the North-East of China. Nestled in the region formally known as Manchuria, the city has been the result of deep influence from the surrounding cultures which have seeped in for centuries, both welcome and unwelcome alike. Evidence of which can be seen from the noticeable Russian architecture and the darker remnants of former Japanese conquerors in the war museums. Harbin is rare in how it comes into life when the season seemingly turns for the worse and sub-zero temperatures dominate the region for months on end. The people of Harbin have become the…

  • Asia,  Blog,  China,  Harbin

    The North-East Tour – Harbin

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