Source: China Daily 2014-5-9
Speaking of winter, the first word that jumps into our mind is “snow”. Besides, what else are you thinking? Silence, relaxation and meditation- all these words would flow out of your mind. Winter is a beautiful silent season of reflection as well as intimacy. Harbin, I think, is the most appropriate place for people to find the mystery of winter. As an icy city, it enjoys world-renowned unique scenery. People will fall in love with it at the first sight.
Just having been here for half one year, I am already deeply impressed with this icy city, especially the bone-chilling but fascinating winter. I still clearly remember what attracts me here: the fairy of this icy city, the great Songhua River and the legendary Sun Island.
Winter has been a byword for Harbin across the whole country. If you want to enjoy beautiful snow, then come to Harbin. If you want to enjoy the warm bringing by the central heating, then come to Harbin. It is one of the coldest cities in the northeast of China, but its winter is the warmest because the central heating lasts for the longest time-half one year. It really surprises me.
During this splendid season, everything seems mysterious and new to me. The first fall of snow is always the most attracting event of magic, interesting and surprising. Imagine that you go to bed in one kind of world, but wake up to find yourself in a totally different one that endows the world with mystery and magic as if an angel throws an enchant to the earth. What a surprise it is to you! Your house seems to be moved to an isolated island surrounded by a snow-white Tale Kingdom. Stepping into the white world, you will feel like being a focus of the dazzling stage as if you become a princess suddenly.
After the first fall of snow, temperature usually falls to nearly minus 25 below zero degree and the snow will not melt until the next year when it becomes warmer. Everything is covered by the white snow. The bare trees have beautiful hats; the road turns white, shining brightly under the son. Everything seems to be silent all of a sudden as if they are fall asleep. But when the sun rises, all the silence will be broken up. Several groups of people will get together, throwing snowfalls or making beautiful snowmen with eyes, noses, ears, sometimes even with a red hat like life-like figures in the white kingdom. Immediately the yard or the campus turns out to be a theme park, where people enjoy together the boon from the nature.
Few people out of here don’t know that the most fascinating characteristic in Harbin is the icy and snow sculptures as well as icy lanterns as a famous art form. They inject vitality and pleasure into the humdrum winter. The icy and snow festival has different themes, attracting an increasing number of people coming here to enjoy the unique and spectacular scenery in winter. It comes as an astonishment that even the washing room is made of snow on the frozen Songhua River. There are so many people here, skating, running sledges or spinning a whipping top. What a fantastic winter!
If you want to experience a different winter, just come to Harbin. It will surely give you an unforgettable memory and leave a great impression.