The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival

  • The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival is an annual winter festival that takes place with a theme in Harbin, Heilongjiang, China.
  • Now is the largest ice and snow festival in the world.
  • At first participants in the festival were mainly Chinese, however it has since become an international festival and competition.
  • The festival includes the world's biggest ice sculptures.
  • the festival starts on January 5 and lasts one month.
  • ice sculptures are erected throughout the city, there are two main exhibition areas: Sun island & Ice and snow world.
  • Sun Island is a recreational area on the opposite side of the Songhua River from the city, which features an expo of enormous snow sculptures.
  • Ice and Snow World is an area open at night which features illuminated full size buildings made from blocks of 2–3' thick ice taken from the Songhua River.
  • During the festival, there are ice lantern park touring activities held in many parks in the city.
  • Winter activities during the festival include Yabuli alpine skiing, winter-swimming in the Songhua River, and the ice-lantern exhibition in Zhaolin Garden.

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