The crowded and long train left my home, cold Taizhou, Jiangsu, at 6:02pm and 24 hours later arrived in what is known as the "coldest" city of China, bone-chilling HARBIN, the capital of China's most northern province of Hailongjiang. The province of Hailongjiang has its borders with arctic Russian-Siberia, and HARBIN looks more like an Eastern-European or Russian city than a Chinese city.
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After 38 years as a Foreign Language Teacher and Foreign Language Dept. Chair at Coral Gables Sr. H.S., and A.J. Professor of German at the University of Miami, I have left Florida in June of 2006, where my home is in Miami Beach, Florida, USA. I have just signed another year's teaching-contract (my 8th year now) with Taizhou University in the city of Taizhou, located about 3hrs north of Shanghai, in Jiangsu Province, CHINA.
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Snow Carving Gala on Sun Island, Harbin, Photo #16It seemed to have not snowed too much so far this year, and trucks scavage for any available snow across the park and transport it to where it was needed. Snow-blowers were also in use to make additional amounts of snow.
Snow Carving Gala on Sun Island, Harbin, Photo #17The highlight of Sun Park is its "centerpiece-snow-sculpture", a massive work of art. Here, you can understand its size as I approach from the distance. **If you place the "next 3 photos" next to each other, you will see the magnitude of this magnificent snow-sculpture.** (enlarge them for greater details)
Snow Carving Gala on Sun Island, Harbin, Photo #18Small snow cottages are fashioned for tired and cold visitors. It is possible to enter them, sit among the frozen visitors, have some tea, coffee, hot-chocolate, or a few shots of Russian Vodka to warm a frost-bitten body.
Snow Carving Gala on Sun Island, Harbin, Photo #25One more beautiful snow sculpture of Santa Claus among hundreds in the Sun Park made this a special morning for me. I will never forget these pleasing carving. Each shows the love and care of its creator.