Why is Mayor Hodges Visiting the Coldest Major City in China... Now?
Posted by Erik Bergs on Monday, January 5, 2015 at 12:00 AM By Erik Bergs / January 5, 2015 Comment
Siberian Tiger Park are the main attractions. Museums, skiing and a variety of historical buildings left by its rich history (the city swapped hands a number of times between neighboring countries, including Russia) offer plenty to see on a winter visit too. The Minneapolis team is hoping pick up some ideas from the city and forum which also includes representatives from other cold cities in Russia, Japan, Finland, Denmark and Canada. With the dream of hosting Winter Olympics pretty much out of reach and plans of turning the Chain of Lakes into a big cat snow-safari being far-fetched, it's doubtful that colossal ideas will be brought home from Manchuria. But perhaps there will be some food for thought in regards to the groundwork needed to actualize more moderate-sized winter initiatives. With the coming expansion of the Mall of America and St. Paul's Crashed Ice, there certainly are elements on which to bolster the Metro's winter tourism; but the role of Minneapolis itself is still a large question mark. [caption id="attachment_396679" align="aligncenter" width="570"] Harbin has the largest snow sculptures in the world every winter![/caption] The main portion of this visit will be January 2-7. With temperatures essentially mirroring those they left back home, Hodges and the other Minneapolitans might be pining to go to one of the other Sister Cities. Cuernavaca, Mexico, for example, will be enjoying a week in the low 80s and Santiago, Chile will be downright hot reaching well into the 90s. Photos by: Emma Gawen