Hēilóngjiāng (黑龙江) is a province in the extreme north east of China. The name is derived from the Chinese name of the Amur river that runs along the north and east edge of the province and makes up much of the border between China and Russia. To the south, Heilongjiang borders the Chinese province of Jilin and to the east lies Inner Mongolia. Historically part of Manchuria, the area also has strong Russian and Korean influences, making it a unique and interesting tourist destination. Heilongjiang is bitterly cold in winter but has turned this to it's own advantage by staging the worlds largest snow and ice sculpture park in Harbin, during January and February each year. This is very popular with tourists from all over the world.
Ordos (鄂尔多斯) is a prefecture level city in the west of Inner Mongolia, in northern China. The region is surrounded to the north, east and west by a large bend in the Yellow river. Mountain ranges along the banks of the Yellow river separate Ordos from the Gobi Desert in the north. Ordos it's self is for the most part a desert area with only Ordos City in Dongsheng District forming any substantial populated area.;
Harbin Sun Island Park (哈尔滨市太阳岛公园) is a natural landscape park set on an island in the middle of the Songhua River in Northern China. It is across the river from Harbin town centre. It is a peaceful place for a walk during summer. However it is during winter that the island really comes alive. Sun Island is the site of Harbin International Snow and Ice festival. This is the worlds largest such festival and runs for one month in late winter each year. Tourists from all over China and abroad, flock to the island to view the amazing ice and snow sculptures. At night the sculpture takes on a new life as coloured lights, built into the ice, come on, turning the island into a surreal display. The display is well worth braving the harsh Manchurian winter where the temperature routinely drops to -20ºC or even -30ºC.