Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival - China's ice spectacular


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Each year in the heart of winter, Harbin, one of China's coldest city, is home to thousands of ice sculptures that attract millions of sightseers from all over the world. Some of these ice sculptures have been created by locals for fun, but the majority are made by professional ice sculptors especially for the celebrated Harbin Ice Festival.


Harbin Ice Festival - China

Harbin Ice Festival, one of the four largest ice festivals in the world, officially starts on January 5 every year and lasts for a month, sometimes longer if the weather permits! Typically, the festival consists of two large, separate parks with different themes - one full of exquisitely designed sculptures of living and mythical creatures, including such traditional and exotic elements as dragons, phoenix, fairies, and even a sphinx. The other has towering ice buildings, some over 3 floors high, which visitors can walk through and play in.       


Towering ice castle at the Harbin Ice Festival - China travel


Stairs and an ice castle on top of a hill being toured by enthusiastic visitors.                   


Harbin Ice Festival - Ice sculpture of the Taj Mahal - China travel

The famous Taj Mahal of India - completely sculpted out of ice!

The ice blocks used for the sculptures are cut from the frozen surface of the Songhua River near Harbin, in China's far northeastern Heilongjiang province, and various kinds of saws are then used to shape the ice blocks into recognizable and intriguely designed sculptures. To add the finishing touch, multicolored laser lights are used to "bring the sculptures to life," and resulting in a truly breathtaking display.

An ice sculpture of Egypt's famous Sphnix - Harbin Ice Festival
Visitors enjoying an ice slide at the Harbin Ice Festival - China attractions


A massive sculpture of Egypt's Sphinx.                         Visitors having fun on an ice slide.

Brave the cold this winter and come see China's world-famous Harbin Ice Festival, you will not be disappointed!

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