We had planned to wait until it was dark before going to the smaller of the two ice festival parks. In the meantime we wandered around the streets away from the centre. We decided to walk down to the river before going back. What a surprise! These boats were clearly going nowhere.
There must have been a couple of thousand people on the frozen river. Somewhat Lowry-esque.
There was another enormous slide with people queuing up to go down. We could see cars driving over the river, skidoos and horse drawn carriages. Nearer to the river bank there was an area of rubber tyres being used for dodgems.
If the noise was anything to go by they were all having great fun.
As dusk fell we made our way back to the smaller of the two parks which was fairly central. It was still spectacular but perhaps we were spoilt having been to the big park the previous evening.
There were far more smaller sculptures, once again they were for the competition.
When we were down at the river we had seen people sitting in chairs mounted on skis. At this park we watched people propelling themselves through a maze on these things. We stood amused for ages until the cold drove us on.
It had been a long day for us so we were pleased to go back to the hotel and enjoy yet another fabulous meal in the Chinese restaurant attached to, but not part of, the hotel.