China's Ice City
Harbin was founded by Polish engineer Adam Szydlowski at the end of the 19th century during the construction of the Trans-Manchurian Railway, known today as the Chinese Eastern Railway.
Harbin is located in China's northeast, it is known as the "ice city" because it's harsh but beautiful winters. Beautiful because it turns this urban cityscape into a fairy-tale land, accented by special installations created by the local people to attract explorers from around the world.
The annual Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival is the main highlight and proud achievement for the local people. Ice and snow sculptures decorated with neon lights create a dreamlike world and the locals offer ice and snow-related activities to enhance the experience for the avid traveler. Travelers should hit the highlights like Central Avenue, the longest and biggest commercial street in Asia, Saint Sophia Church, Ice and Snow World, Sun Island Park, and more.
Harbin is a popular destination for travelers visiting China during the winter, especially between December and February. In particular, this period coincides with Chinese New Year and Spring Festival, which is another opportunity for explorers to to immerse themselves in local culture (but the prices do vary considerably during these holidays).