A few years ago, Ross and I saw some news coverage of an ice festival in China. This winter, we realized that we could go and see this amazing sight for ourselves. Strolling along the charming pedestrian mall in downtown Harbin and enjoying the family fun at the riverbank were unexpected additional pleasures. We came to Harbin to see the "Ice and Snow World" display. Check out the photos...
On our second day in Harbin, we strolled down Central Street to look at the river. We passed a large, handsome hotel and crossed the street to a plaza overlooking the river. You can see the ice gate overlooking the river and more of those pretty frozen fruit sticks above right. We tried a stick of fruit (chewing on frozen fruit in sub-zero temperatures is a test of one's dental work and one's desire not to waste money after buying an over-priced tourist snack). As we sat and ate it, several Chinese people stopped and took our photograph. And turnabout is fair play, I say. Whether they find us funny or quaint or (dare I suppose) exotic, we've been taking pictures of them, so they can take pictures of us.
Below is a converted railway station and lots of squid on a stick.
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I blog about my research into Jane Austen and her world, plus a few other interests. Welcome! My earlier posts (prior to June 2017) are about my time as a teacher of ESL in China (just click on "China" in the menu below). More about me here.
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