It is a historical fact that Guru Padmasambhava visited Tibet. But now it seems he has also been to Harbin, the capital of China’s Heilongjiang Province that borders Russia.
One of the displays at the 26th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival at a park in Harbin is that of Guru Rinpoche as seen above. Apparently, the Harbin Festival, that officially begins on January 5, 2010, is a big tourist attraction.
I have no idea who was behind the sculpting of a Guru Rinpoche figure at this year’s festival. It seems the statue is 21 meters high and 15 meters wide. A colleague found this photo in a website in Chinese and I did a little research into the festival. In addition to the many people who seem to be working on the statue in this picture, another photo even shows a bulldozer, which indicates that a lot of work goes into these sculptors.