Harbin, located in far northeastern China has been termed, "ice city", due to its harsh winter climate. It is the capital of Heilongjiang province. The lowest temperatures are between minus 22 degree Celcius and 24 degree Celcius. Extreme winter temperatures about minus 44 degree Celcius have been recorded. The city has a population of about 10 million and is host to the Hardin International Snow and Ice Festival, one of the largest ice festivals in the world, which is held annually.
Yakutsk, which is just a couple of hundred miles from the Arctic circle, has a population of about 282,400 people. Winter in Yakutsk begins much earlier compared to the rest of the world and most extreme temperatures occur in January ranging between minus 38 to minus 41 degree Celcius. It is the capital of Russia's Sakha Republic. The record low for January is a bone-chilling minus 81.4 degree Celcius.
North Ice is known as the fifth coldest place in the world. The lowest temperatures North Ice have been recorded at minus 66 degree Celcius and 30.4 degree Celcius. It was a research station of the British North Greenland Expedition on the inland ice of Greenland.
Temperatures in Hell can reach minus 25 degrees Celcius in winter. Hell has become a popular tourist destination, due to its name. Many travellers in recent years have trekked to Hell to photograph themselves in front of the town's many train station signs. Winter in Hell runs from December to March. It has a population of about 1,440.
The Alaskan settlement of Prospect Creek possesses a sub-arctic sort of weather. This means winters last longer than summers. A record low temperature of minus 62 degree Celcius has been recorded now due to such extreme weather conditions.
Yellowknife was named "Coldest Canadian City" in 2014. It is about 320 miles from the Arctic Circle and is populated by over 20,000 inhabitants. Yellowknife's sub-arctic climate especially during January can reach minus 32 degrees Celcius. In fact, The coldest temperature in the city was recorded at minus 51 degree Celcius on February 1, 1947. Yellowknife however boasts of long and clear winter nights, which are perfect to view the aurora borealis or northern lights (pictured) between November and April.
With an average January low of minus 19.4 degree Celcius, Astana ranks among the most coldest capital cities in the world. The winter cold however doesn't dampen the spirits of the locals though as the city is home to five outdoor ice skating parks.
Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar, holds the dual distinction of being the world's coldest and most polluted capital. Temperatures of about -26 degree Celcius are generally recorded in January, while the average temperature throughout the year is about -19 degree Celcius. Home to about 1,278,000 people, Ulaanbaatar is a cultural hub having museums like Zanabazar Museum of Fine Arts. The climate is subartic due to icy winds and it is quite high up, being 1,310m above sea level.
A Russian weather monitoring station, Vostok holds the record for the lowest temperature on Earth at minus 89.2 degree Celcius on 21st July 1983. January is the warmest month with an average temperature of minus 32.1 degree Celcius. There have been claims of temperatures dropping to minus 91.1 degree Celcius in 1997. Also, being at 3,488m above sea level makes Vostok dangerous, inhospitable and unpleasant. It is due to this that there are no permanent inhabitants.
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