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Roads in China | Winter wonderland...

Winter has arrived in many places across the Northern Hemisphere.

The magical season for Shuangfeng Forest Farm in the North-East of China,

also known as China’s Snow Town.

Situated between #Harbin, capital of Heilongjiang province and Vladivostok across the border in #Russia, 中国雪乡 or China Snow Town is located in Hailin County, under the prefecture administration of Mudanjiang in #Heilongjiang province.

Up till one to two decades ago, the snow town was a rough outpost Shuangfeng Forest Farm for woodworks until it was ‘discovered’ as a magical scenic place with snowfalls reaching 2 meters. The woodwork farm village has transformed over the years into a major tourist winter attraction and the number one China Snow Town with typical wooden architecture from the North-East countryside, winter activities and some ski slopes. The village is located about 280km south-east from Harbin.

海林市 or Hailin County literally means “sea of forests”. Hailin is known by some as “the hometown of Chinese north medicine” or also the “hometown of Siberian tigers” due to its breeding center of Siberian tigers and since last year part of the 14,000km2 Northeast China Tiger and Leopard National Park established September 2021 stretching out in Jilin and Helongjiang provinces to the border of the Land of the Leopard National Park in Primorsky Krai, Russia.

Hailin County is covered by forests for more than 70% and known for wild Eleuthero roots, also called Siberian ginseng, wild mushrooms and berries, and other medicinal herbs indigenous to the cold north.

With a population of about 400,000 people, the county is home to Manchu and Korean ethnic minorities.

China Snow Town with an altitude of 1500 meters receives snow up to 6 months per year with an average temperature of -18 celcius in January.

#china #china2022 #chinaroads #chinesehistory #chineseculture #chinesesociety #5iz #5izchina

Video source Douyin

Picture sources : Chinese newssites, Weibo

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