Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Winter in China: Sun Island Park Harbin


Sun Island lies on the north bank of the Song Hua river. It's about a twenty minute cab ride away from Harbin city which should cost no more than 20-30 reminbi. You could also get to Sun Island by taking the cable car across the river or walk across it during winter (more than that later).

The primary attraction at Sun Island are the intricate and sometimes huge snow sculptures on display. The park is only open during the day time and cost 240 reminbi per person. As with other places in China, the park is huge and we spent close to 4 hours exploring the park and the various snow sculptures.

Snow Carving in Progress

The highlight was definitely the huge snow sculpture of various world wide attractions.

We could not find a taxi to take us back to our hotel for a reasonable price. We decided to follow what the locals did and walk across the frozen Song Hua river to get back to the downtown area of Harbin. This would be a first for all of us and it was nerve wrecking. We weren't sure how thick the ice was and how safe this really was. We were worried the river might crack at any moment! Definitely one of the highlights the entire trip!

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