Sapporo, Japan Prepare to be amazed by snow sculptures, skiing, traditional Japanese architecture, and hot springs. The painstaking attention to detail for which the Japanese are known makes for glorious, unbelievable snow carvings as intricate as finely trimmed bonsai trees. About a four-hour flight from Tokyo, this vacation spot is for those who want to go slightly off the beaten path.
Ines climbing in Harbin international Ice and Snow Festival. The megacity in the Chinese northeast region is congealed for the whole winter at temperatures below -25°C. On a space covering more than 16 soccer fields, a wonder world of ice emerges every winter: the gigantic towers, castles, bridges and cathedrals are built from solid ice, taken from the river nearby.