Jilin Rime, refers to the natural wonders in the city of Northeast China—Jilin. Featured graceful, unique, charming, and with constant stream of foreign tourists’ praise, Jilin rime not only is a popular winter attraction, but also makes a great contribution to the natural environment and human health. In 1985, along with the picturesque landscape of Guilin, Yunnan Stone Forest, the Three Gorges, it is regarded as one of the “China’s Four Natural Wonders” by the state authorities.
In the frozen season, vegetation are dying and things have lost vitality. However, the spectacle of rime is always able to “suddenly, such as spring night, the Trees of pear blossoms” to come to North River.” The dizzying and wonderful sights of the icy but graceful willow branches and cypress pine will give you unforgettable memory of beautiful winter.
The formation of Rime—Every winter, although the Songhua River is frozen as hard as iron, tens of meters deep in the water below the ice can still maintain the temperature at 4 ℃, while water temperature and ground temperature difference constant at about 30 ℃. Therefore, the rivers in the urban area are not frozen. The wide range of temperature produces mist and river mist curl, which eventually becoming dissipated. Under the action of a certain pressure, wind direction, temperature and other conditions, a large number of river fogs occur cold condensation in the form of frost on the thickness around different branches, forming a large area of rime wonders.
The Best Time to See– Every year from late December to the end of the following year’s February, are the best season to watch rime in Jilin City. At the most, there may be more than 60 times a year.
The Features of Jilin Rime–marvelous spectacle, crystal white, rare, the frequency at most, the most thickness, the long period of visiting, the minimum density, beneficial and harmless as the natural “Air Cleaner”, and the convenience of the origin location (with beautiful environment, numerous tourist attractions, developed transportation and rich material resources combine to make it even better.)
The Process of Rime Sight-seeing—the process of enjoying the rime scenes roughly into 3 stages, namely “watching the fog at night, watch the hanging of rime in the morning, and seeing its falling in the afternoon.” Each session can make people feel a different surprise.
Watching the Fog at Night
Generally, the scene occurs at 10:00 at night along the Songhua River. The mist begins to appear and then more and more with cold concentrated, large group of mist rise up. Covering by thick fog, the buildings at the riverside, the trees, everything in the whole street seems in a sea of clouds in wonderland. In common, the more dense the fog at night, the more spectacular the rime landscape become the next morning.
Watching the Hanging of the Rime
In the morning, you can see “Hanging Tree” along the street, which presented a silver fantastic and wonderful world of winter. Each one willow branches are sparkling, like Tamae hanging, rocking gently in the breeze. Even the roadside grass, also rime wrapped furry.
Seeing the Falling of Rime
In the afternoon, the rime will fall off. Usually, after 9:00 in the morning, the sun rises up and the prompting condenses on the branches of rime began to fall off. The breeze blowing off the silver pieces flying in the air, bright sun shine to the above, in the air, forming a colorful curtain of snow. Rime swirling like snowflakes fell on people’s heads, shoulders, which let people feel extremely cool and fresh.
In 2005, Danba Tibetan Village was awarded as the most beautiful village among the other 6 ancient villages in the campaign“The Most Beautiful Place of China”, which was hosted by Chinese National Geography.
On July 1st, the official business operation of high-speed train from Nanjing to Hangzhou (Ning-Hang Line) and Hangzhou to Ningbo (Hang-Yong Line) started.
G7534 is a new train, with 16 carriages and 1,015 seats. The ride between Hangzhou and Nanjing is 1hr10min (250km). Between Hangzhou and Ningbo 1hr (170km) and Shanghai to Ningbo 1.5hr (300km). What a flying experience!
The journey is half of the train time before and it means that the “One-Hour Economic Circle” of Yangtze River Delta is formed.
<Overview of G7534>
Since the opening of Ning-Hang-Yong high-speed rail, travel becomes the hot topic among travel agents and citizens. It makes it possible for one to take in the highlights of the three cities in one day.
From Nanjing to Hangzhou, the cost of a second class seat is RMB79.5 (USD13), a more comfortable seat than an economy seat on flight. Compared with self-driving travel, it is a lot cheaper and more convenient.
This high-speed line stops at famous tourist attractions like Hengdian Film Studios, Changzhou Dinosaurs Park, Zhouzhuang water town, Tianmu Lake, Wuxi Lingshan Buddha, Hangzhou Thousand Island Lake, Xitang Water Town and etc.
For inside facilities, G7534 provides power plug (220v ac) under every seat, enabling laptop use and battery charging. Wi-Fi is not provided for the time being. There is a wireless network named “CRH-380-TC02”, it is for the train technical communication system only. Mobile phones are not affected but web surfing can be interrupted. Western toilets are available at the end of each carriage and are the best standards of all trains in China (comparable or better than the Eastern Coast Trains in UK).
<Modern Life, Modern Travel>
With the great changes in people’s life today, more and more citizens have varied ways of travel. They may choose travel with group, self-driving travel, and travel by train, etc. Then the opening of G7534 high-speed rail not only speeds up, but also stimulates family travel around Yangtze River Delta.
At the time of its operation, many travel agents have already promoted travel products based on high-speed trains. During this summer holiday, along the new high speed rail routes, travel products like “entrance tickets + hotel” is getting quite popular.
Starting from this summer, traveling by high-speed train in Eastern China will be the “Fashion”. Come and enjoy your inter-city travel with China high-speed rail!
Worship of the Great Grandmother “Sasui”
As a good old tradition of the Dong (link) people, the worship of Sasui is of utmost importance. Sasui is the source of Dong people’s life and she is the goddess blessing them with good harvests, health and the happiness in life. It is an emblem of the matriarchal society of the Dong people for thousands of years.
The Sasui statue is places in a shrine protected with rattan and wood so it is not damaged by human or animals. It is stored in a holy place. She will be carefully carried out and placed on an altar for the 3000 Dong people in nearby areas to worship. Each spring at Baozeng Dong village, the ritual takes place with traditional Dong singing and dancing.
According to the legend, Sa protected the Dong people against the intruders and finally died by jumping off the cliff. Afterwards, Dong people set up sacrificial altars in mermory of her extraordinary bravery and fearless self-sacrifice.
The ritual consists of Raw Sacrifice, the Parade, Cooked Sacrifice, Singing & Dancing, Hundred-Family-Banquet.
Raw Sacrifice takes place at dawn. The village Shamans and venerable elders carry the freshly butchered pig to the holy place where Sasui is stored. Ritual is performed to “invite” the Goddess to go out for the mass worship.
Then the Parade. The statue is carried out by strong men, led by the Dong shamans, followed by “guards” (dressed up villagers) and other villagers carrying bunches of rice straw and gift baskets. The direction of the parade is determined by the shamans, judged by their own mythical calculation.
The Parade goes thru the villages in the “Gold Basin” to hand out blessings, performed by the Shamans. When passing the Wind & Rain Bridges and Drum Towers, the Sasui Parade stops over to perform rituals to the various gods. In return, the villagers put their red bags containing money to the basket placed in front of Sasui statue.
Dong people dance, sing and sacrifice animals to Goddess Sasui to pray that she bless and protect the village. On the same day, after the ceremony came the “Hundreds-Family Banquet”. Numbers of tables were lined along the streets and the big feast was kicked off at 2:30 pm and lasted to dusk.
Around noon time, Sasui Goddess comes back to her shrine in the main village and receive tributes, this time, in the form of cooked food. This is the Cooked Sacrifice. Cooked pig heads, trotters, and tails are presented along with 24 bowls of rice porridge. Incenses and paper (imitating money) are burnt by the worshippers.
Singing and Dancing is the next and held at the central stone platform (could be cement, earth or mixed) where a big fire is lit up and kept till the end of this part of ritual. Performing troupes from various villages join with traditional Duoye Dance, Lusheng Musical Dance, Beat the Rice Cake Dance, Story Telling, Stool Dance, Cloth Beating Dance, and Dong people’s Pipa Musical. At the end of performance, people rush to the fire place and take a small part to their own house to show the blessing will be transferred to their own family.
Near dusk, low tables and long wood stools are laid out, one next to each other, forming a very long dinner table. The visiting Dong people, from as far as Hunan province, and the entire main village will be out dining, drinking and singing. Pickled meat, fish, duck are presented, as they are the best food of the Dong family. Some are raw meat steeped in sour soup for over a year. Some are placed right on a burning charcoal for the best flavor.
Fun continues till late into the night at Baozeng. And the hospitable Dong people is always ready to ask a visitor to join and share.
The ceremony is fixedly held on the first Mao day of February by lunar calendar. So, plan your itinerary in advance, and never miss out such a gala of Dong people. The hospitable Dong people will show their warmest welcome to friends all over the world!
The ritual of Dong people paying homage to the Sasui Goddess has been listed as an Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Baozeng, called the “Gold Basin”, refers to the 8 or 9 villages dotting around a valley near Longsheng County. Built during 1368-1398 during the Ming Dynasty, it was little touched by the outside world. Now with the roads paved for motorized vehicles, it is easily accessible from Guilin, around 4hrs drive. From Longsheng, it is nearly 2hrs drive. Contact us if you wish to experience this authentic cultural activity.
Winter is coming!!! Have you got a good idea for your winter vactaion? After reading the recommendation from the Heilongjiang Province Tourism Administration, I think you can get one. Their recommendations are: 9 tourism festivals, 8 themed tourist products, 10 classical winter tour itineraries and 20 travel highlights.
9 Tourism Festivals
The 9 tourism festivals including China-Heilongjiang Internationl Skiing Festival, China-Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival, China’s Snow Tow Tourism Festial, and some other 6 famous winter festivals.
China-Heilongjiang Internationl Skiing Festival
The China Heilongjiang International Skiing Festival was initially sponsored by the National Tourist Bureau and the Heilongjiang provincial and the Harbin municipal governments in 1998. In in the past dozen years, the festival has attracted more than 17 million skiers from all over the world. This winter, the sponsors will mainlypromote the cross-country skiing programs with the flavor of northern China, including leisure cross-country skiing, fitness skiing for kids, polar skiing and eco-hunting skiing.
Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival
As one of the world’s largest ice and snow festivals, the “Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival” is on a par with Japan’s Sapporo Snow Festival, Canada’s Quebec City Winter Carnival, and Norway’s Ski Festival. The festival has been held since 1963. It had been interrupted for several years during the Cultural Revolution untilit was resumed in 1985. The festival is officially celebrated from January 5 to the end of February every year. It has become a fabulous amalgamation of ice and snowsculptures, culture, arts, winter activities, winter sports, adventure, food, and business fairs.
8 Top Winter Tourist Products
The 8 Top Winter Tourist Products of China: dreamlike ice and snow art tour, exciting fitness skiing tour, interesting ice and snow folk customs tour, splended ice andsnow landscape tour, magical ice and snow tour for health preservation, featured ice and snow culture tour, romantic ice and snow flavor tour, and red ice and snowtour (a tour package concerningthe Chinese communist party during the War of Resistance against Japan).
20 winter travel highlights in Heilongjiang
The 20 winter travel highlights in Heilongjiang Province including: Harbin Ice and Snow World, the Snow Sculpture Expo at the Sun Island, Harbin Ice Lantern Fair, Harbin Volga Manor, North Pole Christmas Village in Mohe, winter landscape in Jingpo Lake, Snow Castle in Mudanjiang, watching birds in Zhalong Nature Preserve, China’s Snow Town, hot springs in Lianhuan Lake, the volcano, ice and snow landscape in Wudalianchi, witer scenery of the Tangwanghe xing’an stone national geological park, the landcape of the snow pines in the Wuying Forest Park, the rime wonders on the banks of the Kuerbin River, the ice and snow happy valley in Songhua River, thewinter fishing of the Hezhes in Jiejinkou of Tongjiang City, China rime valley in Linkou County, winter fishing in Xingkai Lake, the rime marvels in Xinhua Lake (Daqing City), and the charming daylight in the snowfield of the Fuyuan County.
Harbin Ice and Snow World
The Harbin Ice and Snow World is probably one of the world’s hottest entertaining destinations right now, even if it is made out of ice and snow. The Ice and Snow World has been annually held in Harbin since 1999. It is one of the major venues for the International Ice and Snow Festival, officially opens on January 5. The park features many large ice and snow sculptures based on landmarks from countries around the world, which are lit up by color-changing LED lights, looks very beautiful, and hence the best time to visit the park is at night.
The Snow Sculpture Expo is one of the most popular attractions of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival. It is a themed park based on the mighty beautiful snow sculptures and interesting winter activities.
Harbin Volga Manor
Covering an area of over 600,000 square meteres, the manor rebuilt and diplay many Russian style buildings of Harbin in last century. This attraction is a must see for those who want to know some facts about the Harbin architecture.
10 classical winter tour itineraries in Heilongjiang Province
1. Harbin – Binxian
2. Harbin-Acheng-Shangzhi-Yabuli Ski Resort
3. Harbin-Mudanjiang-Jingpo Lake
4. Harbin-Hengdaozi-Hailin-China’s Snow Town(Xuexiang)
6. Harbin-Daqing-Duerbote-Lindian-Qiqi Haer
8.Harbin-Jixi-Xingkai Lake-Hutou Lake
9. Harbin-Jiage Daqi-Mohe
Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival is a world famous winter festival since 1985. It is the first international festival which is focus on ice and snow activities in China’s history. It starts on December 1, 2010 and lasts to February 28, 2011. The ceremony will be officially held in January 5, 2011. As one of the largest ice and snow festivals in the world, Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival attract tens of thousands of tourists every year.
Most recreational winter activities and the most forms of ice entertainment are just here, such as building the Ice Disneyland on the frozen Songhua Reiver, giant ice sculptures exhibition in the Ice and Snow World and Stalin Park,recreational snow sculptures party on Sun Island, large scale Ice Lantern Amusement Gathering in Zhaolin Park… Other activities or competitions are winter swimming, ice hockey, soccer match on snow land, alpine skiing invitational tournament, ice sculpture competition, International ice sculpture competition, speed skating, poetry competition, photograph exhibition, books exhibition, ice and snow film festival, wedding ceremony on ice…
Ice Hockey,a fast-paced physical sport
Walking around, thousands of ice lanterns,sculptures,ice plants and animals,ice waterfalls,ice restaurents,ice house…will catch your eyes. The ice and snow art objects turn the city into a dreamlike world, a world of pure whiteness and gleaming crystal.
Recommented tours for Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival 2011:
Xiling Snow Mountain is the optimum place to view red autumnal leaves and snow in Dec. The Xiling Snow Mountain, towering in Dayi County about 90 kilometers from Chengdu, ranges 484.8 square kilometers in area. The mounatin is a national scenic area known for its virgin forest and alpine landscape.
Jiuzhaigou Valley is a paradise of photographers during the golden fall. This wonderland is famous for its water, cascades, colored lakes, springs, mountains, forest, valleys, flowers and read autumnal leaves.
Recommended tour: 8-Day Grand Sichuan Tour
Recommended tour: 9-Day Yading Daocheng Tour
6. Wu Gorge
Wu Gorge is an important part of the Three Gorges. Most of tourists make a cruise on the Yangtze River on Nov. and Dec. just for its beautiful red leaves.
Recommended tour: 4-Day Yangtze Cruise Tour
7. Miluoya Scenic Area
Miluoya Scenic Area is located in Aba Tibetan And Qiang Autonomous Prefecture of Sichuan Province, about 263 km from Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan. Miluoya means “an interesting place” in Tibetan language. It is the biggest read leaves scenic area in China.
Recommended tour: 3-Day Hailuogou Valley Tour
9. Guangwu Mountain
Guangwu Mountain is located in the north part of Nanjiang County of Bazhong City, Sichuan Province. The mountain enjoys the reputation of “China’s No. 1 Read Leaves Mountain”. Every autunm, thousands up thousands of tourists flock there to enjoy read leaves.
10. Mugecuo Lake Area
Best enjoyed the red leaves of fall, Mugecuo Lake area also provides the most beautiful sights of lake, snow mountains, valleys and some other natural beauty. Mugecuo lake is the largest lake in the west-Sichuan, about 17 km from Kangding, and 322 km from Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan Province.
What will you do when the winter is coming? If you have no idea, come to Harbin Ice and Snow World to enjoy the most recreational winter activities and experience the most forms of entertainment.
Harbin Ice and Snow World is one of the major venues for the International Ice and Snow Festival which officially opens on January 5 every year. The park features many large ice and snow sculptures based on landmarks from countries around the world. Harbin Ice and Snow World is a wonderful place which so far shows the largest ice and snow art, ice sculpture exhibition in the world. It always provides visitors with a totally unique and unforgettable experience and memory every year. What makes me excited is that, here, I can find the most beautiful art attractions, appreacite amazing night views, enjoy the most recreational winter activities and experience the most forms of entertainment.
Ice carving is the typical thing you can do in the Ice and Snow World. Visitors will also be amazed by the magnificent ice sculptures and buildings, including ice cartoons, ice bar, and even an ice hotel. These ice items are regarded as some of the world’s finest examples of ice art. Each of these ice carvings is designed in some way related to the festival’s theme, enabling travelers to sample a variety of cultural flavors.
Another thing you just remember, to visit the site at night! The colorful lights set underground illuminate the various kinds of ice sculptures like the great Buddha, lovely puppies, tigers, cartoons, the Snow White, the Seven Dwarfs… The contrasts of the bright and dazzling lights against the dark night sky make the works look all the more spectacular.
Regarded as an Ice Disneyland, Harbin Ice and Snow World is a centre for various forms of recreation and entertainment. I am a fan of snow sports, so there is a chance for me to participate in those exciting winter activities such as ice rock-climbing, skating, skiing, sliding, snow fights, ice golf, and ice archery. In addition to all this, special performances based on the festival theme are put on throughout the event which will no doubt greatly entertain those in search of something a little less physically-demanding.
The best time to travel to Harbin is in winter. The Harbin Ice and Snow Festival is held either in late December or in early January, and for those who dream of an exciting winter experience. Harbin Ice and Snow World is the ideal place to make those dreams come true.
One more thing I just want to tell you. As Harbin’s location near the Russian border, it provides icy temperatures for most of the year. Remember to wrap up warm!
Route: From Yufengsi to Wenhai Lake
Hikers:Thomas Lu,Bruce Lee (our travel guide who has the same family name with his idol-Bruce Lee,he adores him almost crazy and collects every things about this super Kungfu star),Ripple Sage Tan (me)
Attractions: Dragon snow mountain,trees (trees,trees,always trees),flowers,sheep,yaks,a reservoir,horses,donkeys,mules,pigs,squirrels,birds,wild boar(we met one,fortunatelly,the creature didn’attack us),frozen earth,snow,riders,indigenes (Naxi people)…
About Wenhai Lake
Wenhai Lake is located at the western foot of Shanzidou,the main peak of Drgon Snow Mountain.The lake covers an area of 676 hectares and is at an elevation of 3180 metres.It is a superb destination for those who enjoy hiking,botanizing,canoeing,horse riding and fishing.Some of the many species in the lake include Lijiang hemlock spruce,firs,yews,Psammosilene tunicoides,Skapanthus oreophilus,Sorolepidium glaciale Christ,Rhododendron alutaceum Balf,Gastrodia elata Bl,worm grass,Fritillaria thunbergii,vermiculate thamnolia thallus,Radix Gentianae,Camellia japonica Linn (Common Camellia),Primula malacoides,Magnolia liliflora,lily and orchid savona,and so forth.