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WINTER FROM THE FOUR SEASONS
2011/04/25     Source:

Romantic Love in Jilin Seasons

 

1. Joy Winter, Happy Jilin

Tourism Time: November to December

Tourist Product: First Snow for Winter Beginning, Entertainment Activities, and Ice and Snow Sight-seeing

Hot spot:  First Winter for Winter Beginning: winter-beginning snow scene in each place within the province

Entertainment Activities: various ice and snow tourism activities held in each place within the province

Ice and Snow Sight-seeing: Changbai Mountain, and ice and snow scene and cultural customs in each place within the province

Festival:

China Jilin International Rime Ice and Snow Festival (late December to February)

Jilin Songyuan Chagan Lake Ice and Snow Fishing Tourism Festival (December)

Jilin Huinan Longwan Rime Ice and Snow Festival (December)

Nenjiang Winter Swimming and Fitness Ice and Snow Festival (Da’an, December)

Theme:

Classic Eight-day Jilin Trip

Rime Island Manchu Folk Trip

Chagan Lake Winter Hunting Trip

Skiing and Hot Spring Resort Trip

China Jilin International Rime Ice and Snow Festival (late December to February)

Jilin rime is known as one of four natural wonders in China. Jilin will hold “Rime Ice and Snow Festival” with the theme of rime every year. The rime festival this year will last to February 28 and adds many new elements compared with previous years. Especially, the Ice Lantern Garden Party, which resumes 15 years later, is an important view point.

At the garden party, in addition to magnificent ice lanterns, you can see color boat parade and fireworks, participate in interesting ice games, act as fishermen to take part in the winter fishing at Suerha Bay Resort, and then taste local snacks at the Kanto style food festival.

Various professional performances, such as snow paragliding and skiing that never make an appearance earlier, snowmobiling downhill, dragon boats, and Songhua River winter swimming, will appear at this ice and snow festival.

Besides playing at the Rime Ice and Snow Festival, you can walk through the Snow Village to challenge personal ultimate limits and watch eyeful "snow mushrooms " and "butter cake " that is like the palace of the goddess of north wind in film "The Wizard of Oz" to let you consciously fall into the fairy world.

The 15th China Jilin International Rime Ice and Snow Festival opens.

At the evening of January 4, the 15th China Jilin International Rime Ice and Snow Festival, with a theme “watching rime wonder, experiencing skiing passion, and feeling hot spring culture”, opened at the large-scale real landscape lighting performance park in Wula, Jilin.

Wu Wenxue, party member of China National Tourism Administration and vice president of China Tourism Association, attended the opening ceremony.

The provincial leaders and leaders of provincial government directly-managed departments, such as Provincial People's Congress deputy director Che Xiulan,, Vice Governor Chen Weigen, provincial CPPCC Vice Chairman Chang Xianyu, Provincial Government Deputy General Secretary Cong Hongxia, Provincial Construction Bureau Head Liu Qing, Provincial Tourism Bureau Head Shi Guoxiang, and Provincial Tourism Bureau Deputy Head Wang Shiyang, Cai Yueling and Lin Tian attended the opening ceremony.

Changchun City Vice Mayor Wang Xuezhan and leaders and tourism bureau responsible people of other sister cities such as Changchun, Shenyang, Xi’an, Huangshan, Kunming, Anshan, Songyuan and Panjin attended the opening ceremony.

City party committee vice secretary and mayor Zhang Xiaopei, city People's Congress Standing Committee director Qu Guoliang, city CPPCC Chairman Zheng Wenbin, city party committee standing committee member and organization minister Zhang Zhijun, city party committee standing committee member and publicity minister Ma Shaohong, city party committee standing committee member and discipline secretary Zhao Hongqi, city People's Congress deputy director Han Ru, Vice Mayor Zhu Chun, city CPPCC Vice Chairman Lu Guiru, etc. attended the opening ceremony.

At the night, Jilin Wula large-scale real landscape lighting performance park was decorated with color lanterns and ice lanterns, full of festive and joyful atmosphere.

At 18:20, Chen Weigen announced the opening of the 15th China Jilin International Rime Ice and Snow Festival.

Zhao Xiaopei, on behalf of the city party committee and city government, welcomed all participating leaders and guests. He said in his speech that this Rime Ice and Snow Festival is the largest rime ice and snow tourism event ever in the city. A series of activities during the festival will present a vibrant, harmonious and civilized, charming Jilin City to the vast number of tourists.

He said that Jilin should, depending on the holding of China Jilin International Rime Ice and Snow Festival, widely and deeply strengthen exchanges and cooperation with domestic and foreign friends to jointly build a new harmonious and win-win pattern of tourism development and strive to build Jilin City into a leisure holiday and tourism destination with unique charm and a hot-spot eco-tourism city.

Wu Wenxue showed in his speech that Jilin City is a big tourism resources city in Jilin Province and a national tourism hot-spot city. China Jilin International Rime Ice and Snow Festival not only highlights the elegance of Jilin City, but also demonstrates the charm of Jilin tourism.

The Provincial Tourism Bureau Shi Guoxiang fully affirmed the development of the city’s tourism industry. He said China Jilin International Rime Ice and Snow Festival has become an international large-sized festival activity integrating tourism, culture, sports, economy and trade and shows the unique charm of the rime tourism brand. He reiterated China Jilin International Rime Ice and Snow Festival, under the high concern of Jilin city party committee and city government, will create more business opportunities and become a platform for more overseas visitors and friends to recognize and enter Jilin by virtue of its unique tourism resources and products.

The opening ceremony is chaired by Zhu Chun.

Representatives of Hong Kong Asia Tourism Exchange Centre, Macau Chamber of Tourism, the China Association of Cross-strait Travel, the Consulate General of Japan in Shenyang and the Chinese Culture Promotion Society, over 200 tourism operators, and guests from cities being open to navigation of China Southern Airlines attended the opening ceremony as invited. Journalists from over 30 media agencies such as Xinhua News Agency, CNS, and CCTV attended the opening ceremony.

The 15th China Jilin International Rime Ice and Snow Festival is jointly sponsored b the Provincial Tourism Bureau and the city government. During the festival, 43 ice and snow tourism, ice and snow culture, ice and snow sports, and ice and snow trade and economic activities, such as ice and snow Wula fun festival, hot spring culture tourism festival, network rime ice and snow festival, Beida Lake Russia Ski Festival, and shopping carnival, will further promote the city’s ice and snow tourism resources to domestic and foreign tourists and present the city’s urban quality and image.

Jilin Songyuan Chagan Lake Ice and Snow Fishing Tourism Festival (December)

The most mystery part of Chagan Lake “winter fishing” opening ceremony is the ritual of “sacrificing lake and awakening net”.

In accordance with the customs handed down generation by generation, Chagan Lake Winter Fishing must first holds a ritual to sacrifice lake god, awaken net, pray for heaven father and earth mother, and bless men and all things for sustainable multiplying and people living happily and healthily. The ritual mainly includes dancing Chama Dance (a unique Mongolian religion dance), chanting Buddhist, and singing sacrificing words by the gangmaster, sacrificing heaven father, earth mother and lake god, and drinking departure wine. The whole ritual process is with strong ethnic characteristics and quite rich contents. The previous preparatory work also costs a lot as the number and order of altars and offerings and the persons coming on the scene and the sequence are regulated and require no bias. Typically, a local elder or gangmaster is supposed to chair the ritual. On the ice with a hole opened for net fishing, lay offerings such as candies, fried rice, fruit, and dried milk, lighten incenses and charcoal pots, give compliments and greets, and pray for peace for winter fishing and more good fish.

The “sacrificing lake and awakening net” ritual intends to worship lake god, awaken winter net, pray for heaven father and earth mother, and bless men and all things for sustainable multiplying and people living happily and healthily. The whole ritual process is with strong ethnic characteristics and quite rich contents. The previous preparatory work also costs a lot as the number and order of altars and offerings and the persons coming on the scene and the sequence are regulated and require no bias. Typically, a local elder or gangmaster is supposed to chair the ritual. On the ice with a hole opened for net fishing, lay offerings such as candies, fried rice, fruit, and dried milk, lighten incenses and charcoal pots, give compliments and greets, and pray for peace for winter fishing and more good fish.

"Grabbing the first fish” has become a major part of Chagan Lake Winter Fishing. A large number of people coming from all directions are directed at the auction. When the auctioneer hangs five first fishes on the special iron hooks, many people swarm to participate in the auction.

After several rounds of bidding, the five first fishes are sold at high prices. One is auctioned at RMB 2,088 and one is even auctioned at RMB 2,099. A man who successful winning the auction of a first fish laughs with happiness.

On the occasion when the amount of winter fishing via a single net just successfully wins the Guinness World Records, good news re-comes from the winter fishing site. In the recent winter fishing, a local fisherman successfully catches a big herring that is 1.25 meters long and weighs 78 jin (1jin = 500 grams). It is so heavy that even local old fishermen have never seen. The masses call it “Herring King”.

According to estimations by related experts of Chagan Lake fisheries, the “Herring King” is at least 15 year old. It is the first time that such a huge herring is caught in the Chagan Lake winter fishing in the recent tens of years. The appearance of such a big fish has closely relationship with the increase of input of offspring seeds by Chagan Lake fisheries for years, large-scale fishing-ceasing in clear water (closing lake to feed fishes), and good ecological environmental protection. Currently, the herring has been put into the pond to be protected as a fingerling.

2. Rime Wonder, Ski Paradise

Tourism Time: January to February

Tourist Product: Rime Wonder, Skiing and Fitness, Hot Spring and Life Nourishing, and Winter Drifting

Hot Spot:

Rime Wonder: Jilin City urban area, Jilin Rime Island, Huadian Baishan Lake, and Yanbian Xiangfeng Ridge

Skiing and Fitness: Jilin City Beida Lake, Changchun Lotus Mountain, Changchun Jingyue Lake, and Yanbian Xiangfeng Ridge and other places within the province

Hot Spring and Life Nourishing: Changbai Mountain hot spring group, Jilin Shengde Hot Spring, Fusong Xianrenqiao Hot Spring, Jilin Yutang Spring, and Shuangyang Hot Spring

Winter Drifting: Baishan Lushui River

Festival:

China Changchun Ice and Snow Festival and Jingyue Lake Vasa International Skiing Festival (January and February)

China Tonghua Ice and Snow Tourism Festival (January)

China Jilin Changbai Mountain Snow Culture Tourism Festival (January to May)

Chinese Spring Festival and Lantern Festival (January)

Theme:

Jilin Rime Ice and Snow Trip

Natural Beauty of Snow Changbai Mountain Trip

Jilin Snow Culture and Spring Festival Kanto Folk Trip

Skiing and Hot Spring Resort Trip

China Changchun Ice and Snow Festival and Jingyue Lake Vasa International Skiing Festival (January and February)

China Changchun Ice and Snow Festival and Jingyue Lake Vasa International Skiing Festival (January and February)

As China Changchun Ice and Snow Festival and Jingyue Lake Vasa International Skiing Festival is coming, Changchun City will hold tens of activities. A series of activities, such as international professional skiing events and mass skiing, ice and snow trade, ice and snow food, ice and snow painting and calligraphy, and Kanto folk customs, are unusually brilliant. Ice and snow tourism has become a bridge between Changchun and the world.

China Changchun Ice and Snow Tourism Festival initiated in 1998. It has become a large-scale comprehensive, mass, and entertainment festival activity integrating ice and snow tourism, ice and snow sports, ice and snow art, ice and snow culture, and ice and snow culture from single skiing at the beginning of the holding.

The contents and forms of the Ice and Snow Tourism Festival continue enriching and the ice and snow tourist products continue innovating. Especially in 2003, Changchun introduced into Vasa International Ski Festival to bring along the mass sports with the international professional skiing competition to boost the construction of ski products. Changchun is building a brand of China ski resort. The Kanto customs, with close relationship with ice and snow, will leave beautiful feelings and memories to tourists.

Rime Wonder, Ski Paradise

Jilin Snow Countryside and Charm & Kanto Folk Customs Trip

In the morning, at the quiet snow countryside, except tourists and photographers, just a night of snow leaps to the eyes;

Facing such perfect landscape in the mountain town, you will not have the heart to speak loudly and step one more step;

For that beautiful fairyland, afraid to destroy the quietness with any voice;

Worry about the destruction of the perfection with one more step;

Take a camera to press the shutter to record the figure and the gentleness of snow countryside together in the memory of a photo…

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