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Ice cold in Heilongjiang

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Last week I went up to Harbin to check out the Winter University Games, which the city is hoping will act as a springboard to a bid for the 2018 Winter Olympics.

It was pretty chilly at the wonderfully kitsch Ice and Snow Festival, highlights of which you can see above, but up in the mountains the Alpine skiiers were taping up their faces to protect themselves from a wind chill factor of minus 30 degrees Celcius. 

My colleague Emma Graham-Harrison has since reminded me that, if successful, Harbin might be the first Olympic city where tourists can feed live cows and chickens to Siberian Tigers , as well as check out the Lion/Tiger cross, the Liger. No Tigons, though.

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