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Harbin Ice and Snow Festival

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Starting annually on January 5th and lasting for over one month, this is the world's four largest international ice festival. It started in the '60s, but it stopped being held during the Cultural Revolution, and started again in 1985. Since then it is held annually, providing visitors a different ice world every year. People from all over the world come to admire the ice and snow sculptures, and especially the Ice Lantern Festival, the most loved part of the entire festival.

Among the most popular activities are skiing and ice gliding at the famous Yabuli Ski Resort, the largest in Asia. For the ones who dare, swimming in the Songhua River in something to try. But before jumping into the river, remember that in the winter months the temperature can drop down to as low as -30°C(-22°F).

Even though officially it starts in January, if you just too anxious, you can go visit it as early as December 24, when the park opens to visitors.

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