2 articles tagged as ice

Here’s the Sphinx slide at the Harbin Ice Festival. In the absence of an attendant to regulate traffic, visitors are free to chuck themselves down at will, with hilarious effect.

From 55 yards away the screams are rising through the cold as the inevitable pile ups occur – they should really play bowling alley sound effects to drown them out. I managed to pull-off a 7-10 split by applying a touch of spin.

Harbin, famous for well below zero temperatures and an ever expanding ice festival is essentially a run down town in Heilongjiang province full of Russian whole stores, northern-china sausage and cold noses.

On the first outing I managed 20 minutes before my fingers, toes and face went a kind of numb I cannot explain. The local kids show their cool by wandering around in jeans and tshirt – both stiff with ice.

Really all there is to see here (apart from the spectacle that is chinese drivers charging around on sheet ice roads – reminded me of that family guy episode) is a huge ice town, best viewed in the evening, and a big snow town, best viewed during the day. 24 hours later you can be back in a temperature that doesn’t feel like the devil is trying to suck your soul through your skin.


Over Harbin

Snow Pagoda

More photos here.