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Suan Cai Jiaozi – New Year’s Soul in Dongbei

Sunday, February 7th, 2016
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Suan Cai, literally “sour vegetable”, is a traditional Chinese pickled Chinese cabbage. Jiaozi are a kind of Chinese dumplings eaten across China, especially popular in Northern China.

Jiaozi with Suan Cai fillings mixed with minced pork are the most festive food during Chinese New Year in Dongbei ( Northeast China ).

China Snow Town

China Snow Town in Dongbei

Dongbei (Northeast China) is historically known as “Manchuria”. It now mainly encompasses China’s three northmost provinces – Liaoning, Jilin and Heilongjiang, economically and politically among the most important regions of China.

China’s Northeast is favored by travelers with the main draws being skiing, sledding and skating all winter.

China Snow Town in Dongbei

China Snow Town in Dongbei

Spring Festival ( Chinese Lunar New Year ) is the time for family reunion. Dongbei people working and living in other provinces are returning home.

Fatherd and mothers in high ages at villages and the end of street alleys are eagerly waiting for their sons and daughters coming home.

China Snow Town in Dongbei

China Snow Town in Dongbei

Beside expecting the bonding time, every Dongbe wanderer would be nostalgic of the fragrant smell of Suan Cai Jiaozi! Jiaozi are one of the major foods eaten during the Chinese New Year.

Jiaozi with Suan Cai and minced port fillings are most favored by Dongbei people,  the common Chinese New Year’s atmopshere in Dongbei.

China Snow Town in Dongbei

China Snow Town in Dongbei

On the New Year’s eve, a host would  take out Suan Cai preserved in a big jar, mincing port and making dough. The family members will get together, and make dumplings, talking and laughing.

Not long, the making of Jiaozi is finished. The host would put Suan Cai Jiaozi into a boiling wok. In a few minites, delicious dumplings will be placed on the table.

Take a pickled Chinese cabbage preserved in a big ceramic vat.

Take pickled Chinese cabbage preserved in a big ceramic vat.

Jiaozi with Suan Cai fillings have a bit taste of sour, a appetizer for drinking Baijiu (Chinese spirit) and favored by Dongbei people who like drinking alcohol due to the cold weather.

Plan your Northeast China Tour (Dongbei tour)? Don’t miss having a bite of Suan Cai Jiaozi!

Pickled Chinese cabbage

Pickled Chinese cabbage

 

Chopped pickled Chinese cabbage

Chopped pickled Chinese cabbage

 

Suan Cai Jiaozi fillings: pickled Chinese cabbage and minced port

Suan Cai Jiaozi fillings: pickled Chinese cabbage and minced port

 

Mixing chopped Suan Cai with minced port

Mixing chopped Suan Cai with minced pork

 

Making Jiaozi

Making Jiaozi

 

Finished Jiaozi

Finished Jiaozi

 

Boiled Suan Cai Jiaozi

Boiled Suan Cai Jiaozi

 

Eating Jiaozi (Dumplings)

Eating Jiaozi (Dumplings)

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Harbin Ice and Snow World

Saturday, July 11th, 2015
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Harbin Ice and Snow World is the brand name of the oft-lauded largest venue for Ice and Snow Festival in the world. The venue is located 3.3 km north of Songhuajiang Road Bridge on the west side of Sun Island in Songbei District of Harbin – the capital city of Heilongjiang Province in the northernmost China.

The formation of the branding Harbin Ice and Snow World originally started in 1999 when the Harbin Government proposed and sponsored a mega ice and snow sculpture exhibition show in preparation for greeting the new millennium in 2000.

Before building up Harbin Ice and Snow World, the local government had years’ experience holding annual ice and ice snow festival in Zhaolong Park and other places in Harbin like Sun Island and Stalin Park since Jan 05, 1985.

The creation of Harbin Ice and Snow World has greatly boosted the fame of Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, which is one of the four large ice and snow festivals in the world and the other three are in Sapporo, Quebec and Oslo.

The name of Harbin Ice and Snow World is a little bit misleading due to the fact that the venue is largely focused on ice sculptures with very little space for snow sculptures. For snow sculptures, you are supposed to go to Sun Island which is the mecca for snow sculpture visitors in winter.

Officially inaugurating on Jan 05 every years since 1999, Harbin Ice and Snow actually starts around Christmas and ends in early March, lasting about 80 days. On Jan 05, the whole city will be officially on holiday to celebrate the important day.

Blocks of ice are carved into sculptures and buildings. At night, all the sculptures are lit from within to provide glittering lights of ice. The structures annually change with different themes.

Visiting Time: 2 – 4 Hour
Entrance Fee:
RMB 150 ( daytime: 09:00 – 12:00)
RMB300 (evening time: 12:00 – 21:00);
RMB330 ( Holiday evenings )
Location: An open and spacious area on the west of Sun Island and northern bank of Songhua River.
Opening Hours: 9:00 – 21:00
Tel: 0451-88300616
How to Get There
Take bus 88, 29, 119, 125, 126 and 213, get off at the stop of Sun Island Daokou ( 太阳岛道口站); or take a taxi from Zhongyang Pedestrian Street, costing about RMB 30.

Planning your Harbin tour? Definitely you won’t miss visiting Harbin Ice and Snow World. Now follow me to have a glimpse of Harbin Ice and Snow World in 2015, an important part of the annual Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival.

When you approach the ice and snow park, you will be amazed by the huge image ice gate – the famous London Big Ben, 50 meters long and 30 meters high, crossing the boundary between Chinese culture and foreign culture and bringing European elements to the park.

the famous London Big Ben

the famous London Big Ben

In the large ticketing hall, you are supposed to queue up and you have to pay cash for your entrance ticket.

Ticketing Windows inside the ticketing hall.

Ticketing Windows inside the ticketing hall.

If you don’t have cash on hand, you may use ATM in the hall. Most of the local ATMs machines accept Visa and Master.

CITIBANK card and HSBC are also very popular in China because Citibank and HSBC have agreement with UnionPay. For other cards, you may check the ATMs you are going to use and see if they have the logos and signs for your credit cards.

ATMs machines

ATMs machines

You enter the so-called largest ice and snow park in the world through the other side opposite to the ticketing windows inside the ticketing hall.

By the entrance inside the park, you will see the Customer Service Center in the park, selling warm products, medical treatment, Insurance, broadcast and guide service.

Customer Service Center

Customer Service Center

A few large signboard tell you the major sites in the park which is mainly composed of East Part, Middle Part and West Part with the iconic Ice and Snow Fairy Main Tower and Ice Show Theater in the dominating center place.

A few large signboard tell you the major sites in the park

A few large signboard tell you the major sites in the park

The main iconic landmark in the park is known as “Ice and Snow Fairy Main Tower”. The tower is the cultural symbol of Harbin Ice and Snow World.

It is a large 3 D Tower with the main tower in the middle 50 meters high and the two side towers 36 meters high.

Ice and Snow Fairy Main Tower

Ice and Snow Fairy Main Tower

This is the 10 meter high ice field Christmas tree, built by 10 story “weideluo”.

 Christmas tree

Christmas tree

 

God Drum Square is also called “Peace Drum” and “Jin Glory”, a kind of folk ritual activities.

God Drum Square

God Drum Square

A huge ice train takes the beautiful city of Harbin along the road to its prosperity and harmony.

A huge ice train

A huge ice train

This large ice building is called “Fairy Ice Castle Spring” is a classic work of art,one of the four season series of Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. The ice consumption is about 3000 cubic meters.

One of the large buildings inside park. The castle change its colors through its edges and lights.

Fairy Ice Castle Spring

Fairy Ice Castle Spring

Three huge snow sheep over 10 meter high welcome you and wish you an auspicious sheep year of 2015.

Three huge snow sheep over 10 meter high

Three huge snow sheep over 10 meter high

This massive structure is known as “Fairy Ice Castle Summer”. It is a classic work of art. The ice consumption is about 3000 cubic meters. One of the large buildings inside park. The castle change its colors through its edges and lights.

This is an ample barn, which indicates Heilongjiang is China’s granary.

This is an ample barn,

This is an ample barn,

Arctic Igloo is a series of ice houses of Inuit allowing you to experience the arctic life.

Arctic Igloo is a series of ice houses

Arctic Igloo is a series of ice houses

Drinking some beer in the ice houses is a kind of interesting experience.

Drinking some beer in the ice houses

Drinking some beer in the ice houses

 

Ice slides, an interesting ice activity in the park.

Ice slides, an interesting ice activity in the park.

Ice slides, an interesting ice activity in the park.

Get lost in the maze of the ice world.

Get lost in the maze of the ice world.

Get lost in the maze of the ice world.

 

A panoramic view of the buildings in the park.

A panoramic view of the buildings in the park.

A panoramic view of the buildings in the park.

Many eateries inside the park, offering different Harbin local flavors and KFC as well.

Many eateries inside park, offering different Harbin locals. KFC

Many eateries inside park, offering different Harbin locals. KFC

 

Several restaurants offer hot drinks and food service.

Several restaurants offer hot drinks and food service.

Several restaurants offer hot drinks and food service.

Numerous vendors in and out, offering you needy service.

 vendors

vendors

Have a bite of sugar-coated haw berries.

Numerous vendors in and out

Numerous vendors in and out

Reluctant to say goodbye to Harbin Ice and Snow World. We’ll come back in 2016.

06611Tip:  Hassle-free Harbin Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Harbin:

Harbin China Snow Town 2 Day Tour from US$ 289p/p
Harbin Yabuli China Snow Town 4 Day Tour from US$ 579p/p

Harbin China Snow Town Private Transfer

Harbin 3 Day Winter Tour Package  from US$335 p/p
Harbin 4 Day Winter Tour package  from US$495 p/p
Harbin Yabuli 1 Day Round Trip   from US$85 p/p
Harbin Yabuli 2 Day Round Trip  from US$360 p/p

Beijing Harbin 3 Day Winter Round Trip by Bullet Train  from US$460 p/p
Beijing Harbin 3 Day Winter Round Trip by Flight  from US$740 p/p
Beijing Harbin 4 Day Winter Round Trip by Bullet Train  from US$630  p/p
Beijing Harbin 4 Day Winter Round Trip by Flight  from US$910  p/p

Further Readings


Best Time to Visit Harbin Ice Festival
Where to Stay in Harbin
Top Things to Do in Winter in Harbin
Harbin Ice and Snow Happy Valley
Harbin Ice and Snow World
Harbin Sun Island International Snow Sculpture Art Expo
Harbin Winter Swimming
Madieer Popsicles in Harbin
Harbin Jihua Ski Resort

Yabuli Ski Resort

China Snow Town
Scenic Drive from Harbin to China Snow Town
Sunrise Glow over China Snow Village
Night View of China Snow Village

Any questions, just drop a line.

Harbin Sun Island International Snow Sculpture Art Expo

Saturday, July 11th, 2015
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Harbin Ice and Snow Festival, the largest in the world, is mainly composed of two venues – Harbin Ice and Snow World and Harbin Sun Island. Harbin Sun Island has annually sponsored Harbin Sun Island International Snow Sculpture Art Expo ever since 1988.

Sun Island International Snow Sculpture Art Expo is an important part of the world famous Harbin Ice and Snow International Festival. The Sun Island Snow Sculpture is often regarded as the largest snow carnival in the world. Planning your Harbin tour, Sun Island Snow Festival should be on your sightseeing list.

The snow sculpture art expo officially starts on Jan, 05 and lasts about 60-70 days each year together with Harbin Ice and Snow World. Not far from each other, a visit to Sun Island Snow Sculpture is coupled with a tour of Harbin Ice and Snow World, which are connected by a public double-deck bus no. 29. The bus no.29 also brings you to Zhongyang Street, the most renown European style street oft-lauded as the Architecture Museum in China.

Visiting Time: 2 – 3 Hour
Entrance Fee: RMB 240
Opening Hours: 8:00 – 17:30
Tel: 0451-88192966
How to Get There
Take bus 88, 29, 119, 125, 126 and 213, or take a taxi from Zhongyang Pedestrian Street, costing about RMB 40.

Now follow me to visit Sun Island dotted with snow sculptures.

Basically each Sun Island snow expo has a dominant sculpture. This year’s major sculpture works of art is known as “绽放”,literally “Bursting into life”, a huge snow carving over 160 meters long and 39 meters high, which is the largest snow works of art for the past snow expos.

Actually the dominant sculpture is a large piece of snow carving arts based on several phases of snow carving which can bring to visitors different visual enjoyments and unique snow carving experience.

The dominant “绽放” sculpture is a group of sculptures with Russian and Chinese elements – Russian buildings, holy snow, white swans, Longjiang Dragon,etc. This major sculpture is aimed at the booming development of Heilongjiang and China as a whole.

The dominant Sculpture at Sun Island Snow Expo

The dominant Sculpture at Sun Island Snow Expo

The dominant Sculpture at Sun Island Snow Expo

Snow sculptors are still putting the final touches on the huge snow works of arts.

Snow sculptors are still putting the final touches on the huge snow works of arts.

Snow sculptors are still putting the final touches on the huge snow works of arts.

The biggest breakthrough this year is the creative blend of Chinese calligraphy and snow engraving. Chinese traditional paintings and calligraphy are innovatively mixed, creating a new form of arts.

A special snow garden is allocated for showing the new form of arts – Chinese calligraphy and snow carving.

Chinese Calligraphy Snow Garden

Chinese Calligraphy Snow Garden

The snow-walled garden is rife with Chinese traditional Chinese culture – blur-color vases, writing and painting on the snow walls, and snow engraving on the walls as well.

Chinese traditional painting of galloping horses done on the snow wall.

Chinese traditional painting of galloping horses done on the snow wall.

Chinese traditional painting of galloping horses done on the snow wall.

Chinese painting of shrimps done on the snow wall

Chinese painting of shrimps done on the snow wall

Chinese painting of shrimps done on the snow wall

 

The Snow Village opposite the dominant “绽放” sculpture is typical of a Northern China village in snow season.

The Snow Village

The Snow Village

 

A close-up view of the door front of a village house.

A close-up view of the door front of a village house.

A close-up view of the door front of a village house.

The whole island is scattered with snow carvings which mainly fall into three categories – Sculptures by Expo Snow Artists; sculptures selected from College competitions and finally from the national competitions.

Let’s have a glimpse of the sculptures done by the expo snow artists.

The sculpture named “Peace”.
The winged Victory of Samothrace which is holding an olive branch and spreading wings, shows people’s expectation for peace.

The winged Victory of Samothrace

The winged Victory of Samothrace

Ark of Happiness

Ark of Happiness

Ark of Happiness

 

Kingdom of Minions

Kingdom of Minions

Kingdom of Minions

 

 

The Gift of the Apple

The Gift of the Apple

The Gift of the Apple

06611Tip:  Hassle-free Harbin Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Harbin:

Harbin China Snow Town 2 Day Tour from US$ 289p/p
Harbin Yabuli China Snow Town 4 Day Tour from US$ 579p/p

Harbin China Snow Town Private Transfer

Harbin 3 Day Winter Tour Package  from US$335 p/p
Harbin 4 Day Winter Tour package  from US$495 p/p
Harbin Yabuli 1 Day Round Trip   from US$85 p/p
Harbin Yabuli 2 Day Round Trip  from US$360 p/p

Beijing Harbin 3 Day Winter Round Trip by Bullet Train  from US$460 p/p
Beijing Harbin 3 Day Winter Round Trip by Flight  from US$740 p/p
Beijing Harbin 4 Day Winter Round Trip by Bullet Train  from US$630  p/p
Beijing Harbin 4 Day Winter Round Trip by Flight  from US$910  p/p

Further Readings


Best Time to Visit Harbin Ice Festival
Where to Stay in Harbin
Top Things to Do in Winter in Harbin
Harbin Ice and Snow Happy Valley
Harbin Ice and Snow World
Harbin Sun Island International Snow Sculpture Art Expo
Harbin Winter Swimming
Madieer Popsicles in Harbin
Harbin Jihua Ski Resort

Yabuli Ski Resort

China Snow Town
Scenic Drive from Harbin to China Snow Town
Sunrise Glow over China Snow Village
Night View of China Snow Village

Any questions, just drop a line.