Harbin is significantly colder than Shandong Province, so we prepared with long underwear, lots of layers and in my case, a Chinese Army-type great coat, which was inexpensive and very warm and just the thing for winter campaigns or ice festival viewing. Yes, it was cold, but the cold never bothered us. Anyway....
We also came across a big, glamorous mall full of high fashion and exuding prosperity and sophistication. There were lots of alternatives to Russian kitsch. Ross especially enjoyed a Badpanda t-shirt he spotted that said, "I was young. I needed the money."
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And all along this beautiful street, there were ice sculptures and snow sculptures.
The Coca Cola polar bears were there, and giant ice rams, because this Chinese New Year marks the Year of the Ram. There were abstract sculptures and sculptures of musical instruments and on and on.
Small courtyards off the main street held large ice sculpture displays, statues and street vendors. You'll also notice a KFC behind Ross.
We followed Central Street down to the river, but that will wait for part two. Until then, a few more pictures of Central Street. A lot more ice to come.