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CNNGo TV in Harbin: China's ice city
Sub-zero temperatures, a hotpot restaurant and lots and lots of ice in China's northern winter wonderland
This month's CNNGo show is one of extreme experiences as we endure temperatures of minus 20 degrees Celsius in the northern Chinese city of Harbin.
Among the highlights: the freezing but amazing ice festival, custard popsicles and steaming hot dinners over coal stoves. Here are five of the locations we visited:
Harbin Ice & Snow World
At 148 acres, this is the world's largest theme park of its kind. Each winter, about 2,000 ice castles, ice palaces and giant ice slides are built in just 14 days. The thick, clear ice is taken from the local Songhua River and illuminated with colorful LED lights.
Check out a gallery of the incedible displays here: China's coolest festival. It runs till February 25.
Harbin Ice and Snow Amusement World, North bank of Songhua River, Songbei District, Harbin 150000 China; www.hrbicesnow.com
Built in 1953, and named after the Russian dictator, this 1,750-meter-long park is located along the southern bank of the Songhua River.
During winter, the park extends onto the frozen river with a variety of winter sports and activities, including ice skating, ice sliding and ice sailing.
Stalin Park, Stalin Park, South Bank of the Songhua River, Daoli District, Harbin 150000 China;
Bai Yi Da Di Guo -- Fish Wok Restaurant
Specializing in fish cooked in massive woks, this place brings you back in time for a meal in 1970s China.
Dining takes place around communal tables built over coal stoves used to keep the food and brick settees hot during the meal.
Nangang District, 18 Hongxiang Road
Modern Ice Pop
The mysteriously popular ice cream comes in only two flavors, custard and chocolate.
Ice Palace Restaurant
In the back garden of the Harbin Shangri-la, the hotel builds its seasonal hotpot restaurant every winter. Made of ice, it's skillfully decorated to reflect the rich history of Dongbei’s (northeast China's) various ethnic groups.
Shangri-La Hotel Harbin, No.555 Youyi Road, Daoli District, Harbin 150018 China;
Li Hongta / Drummer
Qu Wanting / Singer
Jake Tan / Chef
Alan Wang / Owner, Boxtown.net
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