Harbin Sun Island Park

Harbin Sun Island

Harbin Sun Island by TaQpets. Sourced via Flickr under Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs License.

Harbin Sun Island Park (哈尔滨市太阳岛公园) is a natural landscape park set on an island in the middle of the Songhua River in Northern China. It is across the river from Harbin town centre. It is a peaceful place for a walk during summer. However it is during winter that the island really comes alive. Sun Island is the site of Harbin International Snow and Ice festival. This is the worlds largest such festival and runs for one month in late winter each year. Tourists from all over China and abroad, flock to the island to view the amazing ice and snow sculptures. At night the sculpture takes on a new life as coloured lights, built into the ice, come on, turning the island into a surreal display. The display is well worth braving the harsh Manchurian winter where the temperature routinely drops to -20ºC or even -30ºC.

Map showing location of Harbin Sun Island Park

Above: Location of Harbin Sun Island Park in Harbin, Heilongjiang, China