The ice festival in Harbin is an annual event. Normally held from early January till end of February, it started from 1963. From a supposed traditional ice lantern show, it has grown to be a spectacular sculpturing from international participants.
Yet another bucket list item to check off.
Unfortunately taking this trip will coincide in terms of timing with the Aurora Borealis adventure we seek. Cannot be at two places at the same time without running out of annual leave or budget!
If we were to go, it will have to be at least 3-4 days specifically at the festival grounds to give sufficient time to enjoy the beautiful spectacle in all of its splendour. While skiing may not be the intention (we last skied in Innsbruck in 2004), it will be certainly interesting to check out the city that had so much Russian influence during the late 19th century and 1900s.
Hmm, we can also tag in a couple of days in Beijing to view the traditional sights (Forbidden palace, Temple of heaven, Ming Great wall) in snow covered conditions! Just hope that smog does not smother the experience!