Great Wall of China The wall’s purpose was to protect the northern borders of the Chinese Empire from Xiongnu attacks during the rule of successive dynasties. The entire Great Wall with all of its branches, stretches for miles from east to west of China.
The town of Harbin in northeast China has created an entire city carved out of ice and snow. The 28th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival, which opens on January 5, features work by some of the best ice sculptors and attracts thousands of visitors from around the world. The town, located near the border with Russia, experiences dry but freezing winters and has an abundance of ice on tap from the nearby Songhau River.