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January 5, 2014: Harbin Ice and Snow Festival

Harbin, the capital and largest city of Heilongjiang Province in north east China, hosts the largest snow and ice festival in the world. Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2014, it’s one of the most eye catching events you’re likely to encounter. For three days the city is taken over by snow and ice sculptures, often with dazzling light and laser shows, too.

Where: Harbin, China

Why: It is a major national event with people descending from all over China and across the world. A winter spectacular with aplethora of events throughout the month, it shows another side of China to the one that too often takes prominence in the news.

Do it because: It will blow your mind. When covered in snow, winter is beautiful. Dress it up with intricate sculptures, artworks, vibrant lights and fireworks, and it’s like a man-made northern lights.

How much: Flights from £899.


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