Influenced by the northern nomadic tradition, as early as in the 1990s, hiking has become a custom in Harbin. In fact, after the liberation, hiking has been welcomed by the public. Many companies and institutions organized workers to go hiking in spring, summer and winter. With the improvement of people's living standard, hiking is developed into a large-scale touring activity and an essential part in culture and entertainment.
In Harbin, any hiking is inseparable with a picnic. There is a historical origin for the picnicking custom here. Influenced by the eating habits of the northern minorities and the lifestyle of later immigrants from Europe, Harbin citizens have formed a habit of picnicking since the 1990s.
Winter swimming is a unique sport which is one cultural characteristic of Harbin, which suggests the strong body and will of Harbin people who are not afraid of the cold and ice. In winter, the outdoor temperature dropped to -10 to -20 degree. Winter swimmers dig the ice and build a swimming pool on Songhua River. Most of the time, the swimmers go into the water at 5 to 6 o’clock before sunrise, while the show of winter swimming is usually between 10 to 14 o’clock.
Harbin began to produce beer in the early twentieth century. The Harbin brewery was founded in 1900 with a history of more than 100 years. The annual consumption of Harbin beer is about 300000 tons, with the per capita beer consumption ranking first in China. The leading beer brands here are “Harbin” and “New Sanxing”.
Ice Lantern Show
Ice Lantern in Harbin began in the early 1960s, which is developed from the simple and crude traditional folk art. Based on the garden art, with architecture and sculpture art as it means of expression, the Ice Lanterns are in fact a collection of ice scenery with electricity and light within them. From the second half of last century, ice lanterns have become a representative of the ice and snow culture and art in Harbin. The annual Ice Festival and Ice Art Expo have become a gallery of ice lantern art, attracting a large number of domestic and foreign tourists.