street with European-style restaurants, coffee shops, a Russian church, a Jewish synagogue, a Muslim mosque, a Walmart, a Carrefour, and what else ... oh yes, Chinese restaurants and shops too.
Harbin in the winter is icy and cold. Everybody knows that. But rather than hibernate and wait for summer, the people of Harbin take their ice and make ice cream, so to speak. Our students, of course are studying hard. But down on the Songhua River, it is a festival atmosphere. Vendors, wrapped to their ears in warm clothing, sell cotton candy. Children play on cheerful snow sculptures and slide down a wide snow luge. Workers carve out blocks of ice from the river to build impressive (and massive) ice sculptures around town. Leading up to the river is a cobblestone