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No.146 Zhongshan Road, Xiangfang District, Harbin, Heilongjiang, 150036, China
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Ice and Snow Festival closing date for 2007

by Arpy

Hi there. Can anyone out there help me?

I am planning on going to Harbin for the Ice and Snow Festival in 2007 and need to know the closing date. I realise that it is weather dependent, but I have heard closing dates ranging anywhere from February 5 to March 1.

Also, are there any other things in China that I just HAVE TO see (other than the Great Wall and the Terracotta Warriors)? Likewise, anything that I really should give a BIG MISS! I will be travelling for approximately 5 weeks and may never get the chance to go back again. My plan so far is Beijing, Harbin, Hohhot,X'ian,Tibet,Hong Kong,Shanghai....and whatever comes in between.

Personal favourites or dislikes...any feedback is appreciated - good or bad!!

Thankyou everybody.

RE: Ice and Snow Festival closing date for 2007

by ellyse

What are you more interested in seeing/doing/experiencing while on travel?
What's your budget like?
Do you have any knowledge of Chinese?
When are you planning to be in Harbin?

RE: RE: Ice and Snow Festival closing date for 2007

by Arpy

Hi there,
I have not booked my ticket yet, because I don't know the closing date for the festival. Will be in Harbin around the start of Feb. I heard that the festival finishes on Feb.3rd, but then the Chinese Tourist Authority in Sydney told me March 1st!?!?!
I don't know any Chinese.
Will deal with a budget as I go along, but would rather stay in a hostel than a hotel.

RE: RE: Ice and Snow Festival closing date for 2007

by ellyse

Well, then just to be safe, visit Harbin first! I was there in late January and don't know what date it's closing this year.
You still haven't answered my other 1st question.

RE: RE: Ice and Snow Festival closing date for 2007

by Arpy

I would rather see natural attractions instead of manmade,(sometimes VERY difficult in the wintertime!!) but I like different types of architecture and there are many great buildings to see in China, of all descriptions. I prefer to be outdoors rather than inside a museum and I try to do things that I can't do in Sydney.

It is difficult to find pictures of what places look like in the middle of winter, other than Harbin!! Most forests, mountains and lakes look the same all covered in snow and ice, but quite different when they are all green with grass and the water isn't frozen.

But discovery is half the fun when travelling.... the other half is trying to work out how the public telephone works and how to flush the toilet!!!!

RE: RE: Ice and Snow Festival closing date for 2007

by ellyse

Actually, I had a really wonderful time in Gansu province (part of the Silk Road) in February 2006, if you'd like to have a look at some winter photos, feel free to browse through my Travel Pages (Jiayuguan and Dunhuang). Personally I think it'd be very interesting and worthwhile doing the Silk Road in winter!

RE: Ice and Snow Festival closing date for 2007

by gypsyaus

Hi, I too am going to Harbin on 10th Feb and I also understand that the festival finishes on a different date each year depending on the weather. I've been living in China for 12 months and so decided to zoom up to Harbin on my way back to Aus. When are you planning to get there? Suggest you check out Chengdu if you have time (it's on the way to Tibet) Can give you some contacts if you're interested. Cheers

Travel Tips for Harbin

Paying for dinner

by SLM73

I discovered the hard way that if you invite chinese people out to dinner you are expected to pay. However, in my particular experience the cost of dinner for 20 people at hotpot including beer was 500RMB so it is not going to break the bank and your chinese friends will love you forever.

Ukrainian Church of St Mary

by mke1963

A classic Eastern Orthodoxchurch was built by the Ukrainian architect Tidanov for the small Ukrainian community living in Harbin. Originally a wooden structure dating from 1922, the present brick church was completed in 1930, just two years before the Japanese occupation.
It is the sole remaining Eastern Orthodox church in Harbin, and is the focal point for the Russian ethnic minority. Back in the late 1940s there were 23 Orthodox churches in Harbin and 128,000 worshippers, but that has dwindled through the ravages of Communist influence to a mere hundred or so today.
The red brick and green domed church is, in many ways, that much more elegant than St Sofia's downtown, and its continued use brings a warmth utterly missing from the latter church.
Opposite is the Nielai Church.

Snow On Sun

by ellyse

Held on Sun Island on the opposite side of Songhua River, the Snow Expo features snow sculptures, the largest ones are storeys high and panoramic.
I also saw slides here, but I think you need to pay to go on them.
Admission 100 RMB, or 50 RMB if you have a student card.

Siberian Tiger Park - Part 2

by mke1963

If you are unlucky (or lucky, depending on your point of view), another person on your bus will have paid to have some poor animal fed to the tigers at the last compound on your route. While it is 'just nature', many people find the fascination that some people have with sadistic animal-on-animal violence a bit worrying. On our trip, one man had paid for a chicken to be put to the gladiators, but the plucky little bird flew straight up on the roof of our bus. It eventually fell off to be torn apart by the tigers. Most of the (males) on our bus were falling over themselves to photograph this spectacle. I have no further comment to make on this, because I'll just get myself into trouble if I do.

The park is worth visiting, in the hope that somehow, perhaps, you are contributing to saving these tigers.

If you are interested in the Manchurian tiger, the following websites provide a lot of information.
Amur Tigers
Tigris Foundation
Phoenix Fund

Of Ice carvings and clutches....

by joks

Yes...we are in China, not Russia! This is the St.Sophia Cathedral. The only remains from the Russian era. The Russians held the town of Harbin briefly and as a result, there were quite a few cathedrals being built around the city. Unfortunately, much of the cathedrals were being demolished during the Cultural revolution.

I arrived in Harbin with a fractured ankle. After a whole week on the train from Moscow (where I conveniently slipped on an icy platform in Omsk), I arrived in familiar territory! A shame that I have missed out on the whole chunk of my supposedly Siberian adventures. But suprisingly, I'd rather enjoyed Harbin, it's a clean and well laid out town.

An ice carving of the Wat Arun in bangkok. The grounds were pretty slippery and I had my fair share of slips...

With me and my clutches...Yes, I managed to spend 2 weeks in China on clutches. Bear in mind the lack of facilities for the handicapped. A picture of me posing with my newly bought clutches!


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