In February 2008 Patricia & I went to Harbin in the northern part of China.
Harbin is known for its snow- and ice-sculptures, every year there's another theme,
it won't surprise you that this years theme was the Olympic Games.
In the daytime the temperature was around -17° Celcius, in the night it was around -25°.

Here we have just arrived and are having lunch; fish-hotpot:

 

There was a dork that joined her, must be me:

 

In the afternoon we went to "Snowland", several artists from different countries had been carving actively:

 

You can tell by Patricia's clothes that it was cold, very cold:

 

 

See how big this sculpture is, totally made out of snow:

 

 

 

Speaking of big:

 

In front of this huge snow-building there was ice, people skated and even drove motorbikes on it:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After dinner we went to "Iceland", an enormous terrain full of buildings and statues carved out of ice, it's amazing:

 

I'm fictitiously skating in front of this "ice-cathedral":

 

The "snack-car":

 

 

 

 

The effect with the lights is reached by placing lights inside the ice:

 

What a romantic picture of the lovely Patricia:

 

More pretty lights:

 

Is this the "Red Light District?:

 

I guess this represents the Acropolis in Athens:

 

Patricia posing in front of it:

 

 

There was a huge tower:

 

Here a close-up detail from the same building:

 

 

 

Again the pretty icebear:

 

And once more:

 

 

 

Another Olympic symbol:

 

Ofcourse a part of the Forbidden City could not be lacking:

 

Despite the cold, especially at night it was bone-chilling, we had a great time.
It was awesome to witness such a beautiful site on such a great scale.

The next day we flew back to not so cold Beijing.