WATCH: In China’s Harbin City, Sub Zero Temps Don’t Ruin Swimmers’ and Dancers’ Fun

Swimming, dancing, and shopping outdoors during northern China’s freezing winter is a common sight. Famous for its incredible ice sculptures, Harbin City is known as the Ice City (冰城 bīng chéng) for its well-known winter tourism and recreation. It also has some fascinating history and Russian architecture. Check out Sheila Simkin’s video tour of the fun.

Harbin City was a Russian City from 1898 to 1931. Then the Japanese came, and later, Mao told all foreigners to get out of China when he took power in 1960s. Russians fled, some on foot, making treacherous journeys to safer lands.

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