International Ice and Snow Festival

People play at the Harbin Ice and Snow World in Northeast China's Heilongjiang province on Dec 23, 2012. PHOTO THANKS TO HKCH

At Harbin, in China, in 1985 a simple Ice and Snow Festival was started. lt is now the biggest winter attraction in China and one of the world's largest ice and snow festivals. Harbin is the largest of all the capitals in China and is located in northern Manchuria just across the border from Russian Siberia.

Thousands of exquisitely made ice lanterns, ice carvings and snow sculptures grace the snow-covered parks, public squares and major streets, turning the city into a dreamlike world of pure whiteness and gleaming crystal. These ice and snow art works can be as small as a mouse or as big as a bus. The designs range from life-size human figures, animals and flowers to towering castles, delicate pagodas and many other ingenious creations. Ice sculptures, made from blocks of ice chain-sawed from the Songhua River, have represented such things as the Statue of Liberty, the Great Wall of China, the Eiffel Tower and an onion-domed Russian church. These sculptures fill the city square and glow from the neon tubes of purple, pink, blue and green that shine from inside.

In the evenings, the sculptures are lit up and people tour the parks with ice lanterns to view them. Other events take place in the city at the same time as the festival including fireworks, winter swimming, skiing, speed skating, football on the snow and the ice and snow film festival.

SOURCE: Inspiration Line and Good News Network 


Launna said...

This is incredibly beautiful Lesley, I just love all the colors.. thank you for sharing :)

Lesley @ WWW said...

Yes the colors at the ice and snow festival are almost neon aren't they? Thanks for dropping by Launna


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