Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival – brrr

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Harbin_Ice_FestivalThis dragon recently flew over to frigid northeastern China to visit the Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival. Didn’t enjoy the chilly Siberian winds but the amazing art made it well worth the journey! (Even a cold-blooded creature like me gets cold when icicles start forming on my scales!)

This festival,  one of the world’s four largest ice and snow festivals, includes humongous ice buildings built from the frozen waters of the Songhua River, gigantic snow sculptures, and ice slides. (Kind of an icy version of Burning Man at night!)

I loved the multi-colored night lights that illuminated the sculptures from both inside and outside. Really cool to see the brilliant and dazzling lights against the dark night sky.

Something for everyone, this year’s festival even included the first China Ice and Snow Wedding Ceremony Festival and the 26th Ice and Snow Festival Group Wedding Ceremony on the Ice. (Hope the honeymoon was able to warm up these brides and grooms!)

Lacking the company of another dragon to snuggle up to, I stayed warm by trying ice rock-climbing, ice golf, skiing, skating, sliding, snow fights, and ice archery. (Unfortunately in a fit of sneezing I flamed the tip of Mao-tse Tung’s nose and then was encouraged to leave – immediately. Ah… the life of a dragon!)

Being rebellious, I spewed some flames as I flew away. Created quite a minor sensation below, with photographers snapping pictures of the mysterious light in the sky!

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