Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival


In frigid northeastern China, in the city of Harbin is hosting its 26th annual International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival. Massive buildings built of ice from the frozen surface of the nearby Songhua River, large scale snow sculptures, ice slides, festival food and drinks can be found in several parks in the city. At night, visitors who endure the bitter cold will see the lights switched on, illuminating the sculptures from both inside and outside. This year’s festival opened yesterday, January 5th, and will remain open until some time in February. Collected here are several photos from just before the festival, and of the opening night. (31 photos total)(s/b 32)

Reuters: Ice artists compete in China

Nineteen teams of sculptors gathered in Harbin, the regional capital of China’s frozen northern Heilongjiang province, for the city’s annual International Ice and Snow Festival.

CSMONITOR: China’s Harbin Ice and Snow Festival

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Washington Post: Harbin ice and snow festival

The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, an annual event in northern China now in its 26th year, pulls crowds from across China overseas, drawn to the unique visions of an international roster of sculptors who illuminate their creations with multicolored electric lights encased in the translucent ice.

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Winter wonderland opens in China

Whilst the rest of the northern hemisphere is shivering indoors China has embraced the Big Freeze and launched it’s famous world famous Ice and Snow Festival, providing a welcome distraction to the bitterly cold weather.

It’s the 26th festival of its kind in Harbin City (Heilongjiang province) a veritable ‘winter wonderland’ for visitors from China and across the world.

More than 50,000 people are expected to enjoy huge ice buildings in architectural styles from across the globe, including giant pagodas, enormous ice Buddhas and even ice slides for the more adventurous.

China Ice Festival 2010–Wtads

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