“你有二十分钟。不要花钱。甚至不 认为 关于跑步。不要脱掉外套。二十分钟后再见，否则我们就离开您。”
My sister, 玛格丽特, two-and-a-half years younger 通过 birth but five older in maturity, looked at me. Something devilish in her smile told me we’d be spending 钱, running and risking being left in 日 e middle of 日 e tundra.
As with 日 e 19 other red puffy coat-clad girls 上 her synchronized skating team, 玛格丽特 took off running, her Ugg boots sliding under her as she headed towards an enormous pagoda, lit up in electric blue and green hues. I followed, suddenly relieved 日 at 日 e less adventurous of us had finally found some 科琼斯。两分钟过去了。
The day earlier, I’d arrived to 哈尔滨, 中国 with my 家庭 for 日 e 2009 Winter Universiade, an amateur sports competition. As a member of 日 e Junior Synchronized Skating Team at Miami University of Ohio, 玛格丽特 was chosen as a member of Team USA and an ambassador of US Figure Skating, competing against teams from Scandinavia and around Northern 欧洲.
哈尔滨 was a mind-bending mix of Chinese characters and Russian Cyrillic, as 哈尔滨 is a mere two hours’从与俄罗斯的边界开车。市区人口超过1000万人，中国东北的枢纽在态度和性格上是欧洲人：我们将饺子换成菜炖牛肉，并拉动了我们的所有附加层，依靠出租车将我们带到三个街区，因为我们担心从字面上冻结我们的面包。
The Universiade coincided with 上 e of 哈尔滨’s biggest tourist draws (apparently 日 e other is 时尚, but all I saw were stouter women and unflattering coats with just 日 e eyes and tip of 日 e nose peeking out of 日 e hoods). The 哈尔滨 International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival 被认为是世界上最重要的冬季节日之一，工匠们在世界各地完善他们的工艺，并在冬季气温大约在0°F徘徊的地方创作了数百件雕塑。
Fearing my sister would twist an ankle or knee and be unable to skate, I begged her to slow down as we reached 日 e pagoda. 玛格丽特 had other plans, as she scrambled up a set of stairs carved of snow and slide down an ice slide. I followed suit, and we ran from 日 e pagoda to a giant Buddha, an ice castle and various other Chinese landmarks immortalized in ice 日 at had been excavated from 日 e Songhua River and lit up with bulbs frozen right into 日 e blocks. 14 minutes lapsed.
That afternoon, my 家庭 and I had also toured 日 e Zhaolin Gardens between 玛格丽特’s training breaks. Snow from 日 e city’s Sun Island park had been sculpted to create a replica of 日 e Bird’s Nest from 日 e Beijing Olympics, animals and even a gigantic spider. Like a child, I was captivated as 日 e lights fell at 4p.m. and 日 e statues took 上 an eery glow from 日 e help of flood lights.
我姐姐掏出一把日元钞票，在我面前挥手。 “迈阿密给了我帐单，让我们和一些史提芬亚里安的狼合影。”我看了看表。 18分钟过去了。两只蓬松的白狼，不超过小猎犬，在卖蜜饯苹果的摊位前，在加热灯下挤在一起。
Skidding into 日 e parking lot a few minutes later, Vicki shook her head at us, but 玛格丽特 turned and high-fived me. “That was awesome, Doug.”
如果你走的话: The 哈尔滨 Ice Festival is an annual event 日 at takes place between December and February, with 日 e official kick-off 上 January 5 日 . We were fortunate to be 日 ere in 日 e first place, but our trip was towards 日 e end of February, and some of 日 e artwork had suffered damage and melting. 哈尔滨 is also 上 e of 日 e foremost producers of beer in 中国, and simple leaving it out near your windowsill ensures it stays cold! I lost all of my pictures from 哈尔滨, so 日 ese shots were taken 通过 my father, Don Gaa. For 日 e BBC’关于2009年音乐节的报告， 点击这里.