Friday, January 02, 2009

The Five Senses of China

Part II: Touch

We've been a few places and seen a few things, but in terms of feats in human creativity and effort, this one is going to be tough to beat.

Take your perfect image of winter--snow as white as, well, as snow, glistening ice, and perhaps a one-horse open sleigh--and deposit it on the bank of a frozen river with a pink sunset tickling the horizon as neon lights begin to flicker from one-hundred foot ice replicas of churches, temples, mosques, and, of course, ice slides (right, Z!?). The artistry and workmanship that have gone into creating Harbin's 10th annual Ice and Snow World provides an atmosphere and experience that is both interactive and visually appealing.

Yet perhaps beyond all the sights and sounds of this triumph of humankind (they even have beautiful music piped in, including selections like Bolero), there is a feel to this place that leaves an indelible image on the mind. The feel of the ice beneath our gloves. The feel of the sub-freezing breezes on our cheeks (which left all of our faces as pink as Rianna's party cheeks). The feel of chilly toes and cold bursts of air in our lungs as we sped down bumpy four-story ice slides. The feel of winter's touch on our nose...

You get the "feeling" that this place is like no other. We certainly "feel" that way.



At 6:51 AM, Blogger Richard said...

The ice castles look like a rainbow!


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