Ice Festival Pictures: Day 1: Ice Structures

The Harbin ice festival has two parks. One is for ice structures and sculptures, and the other is for snow sculptures. The ice structure exhibit is best viewed at night, when you can get the full effect of the laser light show that is modern China.

No, this is not made of ice. It's China bling. But it looks pretty. Mrs. Hoopie, wouldn't it make a nice quilt pattern?
No, this is not made of ice. It’s China bling. But it looks pretty. Mrs. Hoopie, wouldn’t it make a nice quilt pattern?

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Proof that I was there
Proof that I was there
Next year will be the year of the sheep/ram
Next year will be the year of the sheep/ram
Ice Castle!
Ice Castle!
Scariest stairs in the world (ice is slippery, right?!)
Scariest stairs in the world (ice is slippery, right?!)
Inside the castle
Inside the castle

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Proof that I was there
Proof that I was there
Ice sculpture
Ice sculpture

Frosty Buddha
Frosty Buddha
This one's for you, Marg!
This one’s for you, Marg!

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Corporate sponsorship: Snow Beer (not MONS Beer)
Corporate sponsorship: Snow Beer (not MONS Beer).
Corporate sponsorship: Harbin Beer.
Corporate sponsorship: Harbin Beer.

Staying warm in Harbin

I managed to stay warm at the ice festival, thanks to layers of clothing and hand and foot warmers.

Mittens, not gloves. The little pockets for hand warmers were cute, but I wound up stuffing the thing right into the mitten for extra effectiveness.
Mittens, not gloves. The little pockets for hand warmers were cute, but I wound up stuffing the thing right into the mitten for extra effectiveness.

Foot warmers. They stick right to your sock. Genius!
Foot warmers. They stick right to your sock. Genius!
Flannel-lined jeans are a genius invention, but I added a layer of silk long underwear.
Flannel-lined jeans are a genius invention, but I added a layer of silk long underwear.

The flask of bourbon that I brought helped, too. 🙂