Always delightful experience.
Always delightful experience.
SEOUL, South Korea, Jan. 2, 2019 — Organized by the Inje Cultural Foundation, a wintertime festival featuring ice fishing for “bingeo,” or pond smelt, will return to the mountainous town of Inje, Gangwon Province next month.
Running from January 26 through February 3, the 20th Inje Icefish Festival will provide visitors with chances to enjoy fishing for the silver fish at two fishing grounds on a frozen lake that is 100 meters long and 70 meters wide.
This undated file photo shows visitors ice fishing for pond smelt during the Inje Icefish Festival in Inje, a mountainous town 165 kilometers east of Seoul.
Under the theme “The Paradise of Winter Recreation that You Enjoy with Mother Nature,” organizers hope that visitors will fish for bingeo at this year’s festival in the town located 165 kilometers east of Seoul.
Established as a festival of ice and pond smelt in 1998, the festival is often touted as the originator of winter festivals, which has had a great impact on other similar festivals nationwide.
The Inje municipal government will make available 2,300 holes on Bingeo Lake and set up tents so that family members can enjoy fishing together.
To support families, the local government will set up the tents on a separate fishing ground, measuring 100 meters long and 50 meters wide, equipped with 200 fishing holes.
Access to the outdoor fishing grounds is free of charge, but visitors must pay to fish at the grounds where the tents are pitched.
Among the festival’s programs is an educational event fit for novice bingeo anglers or those with no experience catching the fish.
The festival will also offer visitors an opportunity to experience a traditional way of catching the fish, known as “Yeodeul Teolgi,” and kids are encouraged to have fun in an event where they scoop up the fish with a net.
Children can also have fun at a playground with slides made of snow and spinning sleds.
Middle-aged people in their 50s and 60s can visit a place for rest and relaxation that brings them to the memories of their experiences in the 1970s and 1980s that were unique in the country. One of the memories is what they went through in military barracks when they led an army life as junior soldiers.
For elderly visitors, attractive locations include a road lined with Korean-style taverns, where the traditional alcoholic beverage “makgeolli,” among other liquors, is served, and a marketplace where an assortment of Korean foods are offered.
SOURCE Inje Cultural Foundation
With a never-before-seen spectacle of fireworks and laser displays on the iconic Burj Khalifa, Emaar mesmerised the world with its New Year’s Eve Gala in Dubai to usher in 2019. The event welcomed over a million revellers in Downtown Dubai, Emaar’s flagship mega-development. A highlight was the special tribute to the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father of the UAE, whose birth centennial was observed in 2018 as the ‘Year of Zayed’.
The show’s social media campaigns reached over a billion users, complemented by Emaar’s partnership with TikTok. Emaar NYE 2019 was one of the world’s most-watched New Year’s Eve celebrations telecast live globally and live-streamed on mydubainewyear.com. The illumination of Burj Khalifa’s façade earned it two additional Guinness World Records – for the ‘Largest LED-illuminated façade’ and the ‘Tallest LED-illuminated façade’.
Mohamed Alabbar, Chairman of Emaar Properties, said the event is a tribute from the UAE to the world, reflecting the nation’s positivity and cosmopolitan outlook. “With this celebration, we are highlighting the vision of our leadership to create a new era of progress through openness and collaboration, here in Dubai and the UAE – for the world.”
Following Emaar’s partnership with TikTok, five lucky couples from China, India and the Middle East were flown in to Dubai in addition to 55 top influencers who promoted the event to their followers. Emaar also selected two lucky winners of their social media competition to enjoy the celebration from a helicopter. Several messages submitted by the public on Emaar’s Twitter,Facebook and Instagram feeds @EmaarDubai using the hashtag #2019MakeAWish were displayed on Burj Khalifa.
The Emaar NYE 2019 show was themed ‘time and progression’. Inspiring visuals celebrating the heritage of the nation kicked off the event which went on for eight minutes on Burj Khalifa’s façade. Adding to the allure was the longest show to date of The Dubai Fountain. Following the countdown, in an all-out display of spellbinding pyrotechnics, the UAE, Dubai and Emaar wished the world’ a ‘Happy New Year’ with the message relayed in Arabic, English and Chinese.
The experience can be re-watched online at mydubainewyear.com. Emaar will showcase a short version of the show from January 1 to end-March to delight visitors to Downtown Dubai.
SOURCE Emaar Properties
China’s Ice City Harbin will hold a world-class ice & snow carnival to welcome the New Year. Audience will see grand buildings that are built by crystal clear ice cubes with colorful lights placed inside, such as the Chinese-style tower of five blessings, the snow-capped broken bridge, the scenery of Suzhou, the imperial palace, the world’s largest Gothic Milan church, the Colosseum, the European castle gate, etc.
These splendid scenes will be staged when the city of Harbin embraces the New Year, as the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival set to open on January 5. This year marks the 35th anniversary of the establishment of the festival, China’s first ice-themed global event. It is also known as one of the world’s four major snow festivals with the Sapporo Snow Festival in Japan, the Quebec Winter Carnival in Canada and the Holmenkollen Ski Festival in Norway. The ice and snow buildings here are even more grand and beautiful, presenting a Hollywood-style visual feast, according to the Information Office of Harbin Municipality.
Harbin is a regional center city in Northeast Asia and a center for cooperation with Russia. It was once a hub along the Chinese Eastern Railway and gathered many overseas Chinese. At the beginning of the 20th century, more than 160,000 expatriates from 33 countries stayed there, with 19 countries setting up consulates in the city. Harbin was then known as “Oriental Paris” thanks to the integration of Chinese and overseas cultures.
Harbin is also known as the “Ice City” due to its freezing winter. The main stream of the Songhua River passes through the city, making the river’s banks the ideal gathering places for the Harbin people and the love for ice and snow activities part of the city’s gene. Local people used to spontaneously freeze ice lamps in buckets, contributing to the birth of the city’s winter extravaganza. When walking out of the house on winter mornings, one might suddenly spot these gifts made with ice and snow at the corner of each street.
Every January, the city is ignited by the strong passion for the ice and snow festival. Domestic and foreign tourists from all over the world gather in Harbin’s “the Pearl on the Crown of Ice & Snow”. The professional ice and snow sculpture competitions participated by world-renowned professional teams, college students and snow lovers have always been the focus of attention. Tourists will flood into the snow sculpture region, lingering in the whimsy of ice and snow works, even participating in the creation. Poets here will praise the ice and snow with phrases. The city will be basking in music after melody is added. The festival also attracts a lot of photographers who try not to miss every touching moment of the events, even unaware that their shoes have been stuck in the snow for a long time.
The 24th Winter Olympic Games will be held in China in 2022. Winter Olympics champions Shen Xue, Zhao Hongbo and Zhang Hong are all born in Harbin. The city also hosted the Winter Universiade and the Asian Winter Games, the first city in China to host world-class winter sports events.
In Harbin, ordinary people’s enthusiasm for ice and snow sports is no less than that for professional competition. During the festival, people can enjoy many international-level events such as skiing, ice hockey, curling and other winter sports. Meanwhile, families will organize skating, snow football and outdoor fun games. Those who are bold enough and well prepared can jump into the winter swimming pool in the Songhua River. People can also carry a snowboard, bring their friends, and go to the Yabuli Ski Resort to feel the thrill of the race.
At the New Year’s Eve event in Harbin Ice-Snow World, tourists can watch the e-sports competition during the day, and join the New Year’s ice and light festival with dazzling DJ performance and fireworks to embrace the coming New Year. Everyone is welcome to Harbin to experience the magic and charm of ice and snow.
SOURCE The Information Office of Harbin Municipality
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A runway show starring some of the world’s oldest female performers, average age 90, was recently held in China’s Boluo county, one of the world’s longevity villages that is also known for its water-abundant landscape. Through the performance, the women have showcased the healthy and vibrant lifestyles of the some of the longest living people residing in the county.
Each place has its own way of supporting its inhabitants. A good natural environment can help improve their health. All ten members of the performing group came from Boluo where 10.1 out of 100,000 residents are aged 100 or above, exceeding the United Nations’ standard for qualifying as a longevity locale. With an average life expectancy four years above the national average, the county, which regards its longest-living inhabitants as a valuable resource, is also home to several of families where all members have lived to a ripe old age, some with five generations under the same roof.
With an outstanding natural environment, high-quality natural mineral water, and several longest-living inhabitants who, according to the UN’s standards, may qualify as some of the world’s oldest living persons, Boluo has been named as one of the world’s longevity villages. The local government plans to promote the county as the world’s longevity hotspot through the hosting of a number of promotional events, including the runway show. The show was designed to support the national policy of promoting the sustainable and harmonious development of the aging community and to guide in embracing, respecting and assisting the elderly while helping to raise their self-esteem, self-confidence and ability to continue supporting themselves.