Saturday, December 25, 2010

Harbin Ice Festival 2011

The 27th Harbin International Ice & Snow Sculpture Festival opens in Heilongjiang Province on Wednesday January 5th. The hundreds of ice sculptures are built by around 15,000 workers and designed by local engineering students. The sculptures along the banks of the frozen Songhua River are illuminated at night with multi-colored lights embedded in the ice and also by laser shows. Firework displays are also part of the attraction.

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Nearby Yabuli Ski Resort is another pull for the nearly 1,000,000 visitors expected to arrive for the winter period.

Harbin Ice Festival 2010

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Monday, December 13, 2010

Dancing in Lu Xun Park Shanghai


Lu Xun Park, near Hongkou Stadium, is a great place to sample Shanghai park life at the weekends. Lu Xun Park dates from the late 19th century and at first was for westerners only.

Finally opened to Chinese people in 1928, the park became a favorite meeting place for Shanghai people as the surrounding area as a whole became part of the Japanese Concession before World War II.

In 1956 the writer Lu Xun's Mausoleum and Museum were built in the park to mark the 20th anniversary of the great novelist's death. The park was officially renamed Luxun Park in 1988. The writer's former residence is just south of the park on Shanyin Lu (Lane 132, House #9).

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