Asia’s icy Harbin rediscovers its Russian roots

Asia’s icy Harbin rediscovers its Russian roots

HARBIN (Reuters) – Russian swimmer Lyudmila Smolyakova strips right down to a swimwear and flip-flops and prances in the front of Chinese tourists bundled up against below-freezing climate before diving into a pool cut into an iced-covered river.

The tourists, who possess compensated 30 yuan ($3.87) for seats to see Smolyakova’s ice troupe that is swimming, scatter as she emerges and threatens to splash them. Continue reading “Asia’s icy Harbin rediscovers its Russian roots”