In the northern Chinese city of Harbin, winter is embraced in a colourful festival that is one of the largest winter fairs in the world, the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival. Featuring towering buildings made from blocks of ice, intricate ice sculptures and lots of colourful lights to dazzle event goers, the festival is a spectacle that attracts growing numbers every year. The 2017 edition of the event opened today and this is what you’re missing:
Director Brandon Li takes you through the beautiful and crazy city of Hong Kong with this loving look that will have you wanting to book the next flight there.
Each continent has a “pole of inaccessibility.” It is that point on the globe that is most distant from any ocean. The Eurasian landmass’ pole of inaccessibility is the furthest at a distance of nearly 2,645 km. If you want to get there, the closest city is Urumqui, China which is about 320 km away.
Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou may only represent a fraction of the vast nation that is China, but this video certainly delivers viewers a taste of what it is like to visit.
I wouldn’t blame you if, after watching this video, that you wanted to hop on the next flight to Moscow to catch a ride on the Trans-Siberian Express. I think it just moved up a few notches on my bucket list!
I don’t imagine a lot of people are travelling the Karakoram Highway in this post 9/11 world, but back in 1995 it was relatively easy to traverse this route between Pakistan and China.
This photo was taken on May 2 at the China-Pakistan border. We had hoped to cross the frontier on May 1, the first day the road, which is the highest paved international road in the world, was open for the season, but because May Day is a holiday in China, we had to stay in Pakistan another night.
When we did make the crossing, we were high in the mountains and the only indication of the border was a painted line on the road and this marker. There was no one there, but a herd of yaks. It was cold, windy and snowing as we snapped this shot marking our milestone.
We drove several more kilometres down the road until we found a lonely border outpost where baby-faced Chinese soldiers who were barely 18 didn’t know what to make of a group of shaggy foreigners entering their country.
The soldiers searched our jeep and our bags then waved us on and we continued our drive to Tashkurgan where we didn’t actually get our passports stamped until the following afternoon.