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China's 'ice city' launches helicopter tour

Posted on Feb 06, 2018 Xinhua

Harbin, China's "ice city" in the far northeast, has begun helicopter tours of the city.

"It is very exciting to take a helicopter to enjoy the snow," said Li Peng, a resident of Harbin, capital of the Heilongjiang Province.

The 20-minute tour flies over the city's landmarks like Ice and Snow World, Ice Lantern World and the Sun Island International Snow Sculpture Art Fair.

"We plan to expand the tours across the province," said Jiang Chunyan, general manager of Heilongjiang Ice City Air Service Company.

Harbin has made a name for itself as a winter destination thanks to Ice and Snow World, a neon-clad Narnia of frozen fairy-tale castles and ice slides, which has attracted millions of visitors since it opened to the public in 2015.



Experts with the World Tourism Organization (WTO) have said that Yunnan Province is poised to become one of Asia's most sought-after travel destinations as well in the next 20 years.

Home to 25 ethnic groups, Yunnan is mysterious and appealing to European and American tourists who are amazed at the ethnic culture and various customs here.