China's Harbin Ice And Snow Festival Celebrates 27th Year

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While this year's excessive cold snap is a nuisance for most people who live in the Northern Hemisphere, it is probably being welcomed with open arms by the residents of Harbin, one of China's coldest cities and host to the world's largest and most spectacular Ice and Snow Festival.

Now in its 27th season, this year's event that cost $900,000 USD, is expected to attract over a million people, despite the arctic-like temperatures, which can dip as low as -4 degrees Fahrenheit (-20 degrees Celsius). While the official start date for the month-long event is January 5th, visitors can get a sneak peak at the sculptures much before that and often after the closing date of February 5th, provided the weather co-operates.

All the amazing life-size sculptures are hand carved using compressed snow and blocks of ice sawn off from the surface of the nearby Songhua River. They are then enhanced with decorations that range from traditional lanterns to high technology laser beams. The result is a magical winter wonderland that mesmerizes all visitors.

The sculptures range from giant castles, churches and cathedrals to ancient Chinese pagodas and large Buddha figures. Each year, they become increasingly intricate and sophisticated, as the artists try to outdo each other. This year is no exception - Among the 2,000 plus masterpieces is a full-size Disney castle and the great Sphinx of Giza.

Besides admiring the sparkling sculptures, visitors can even participate in a range of activities that include hot-air ballooning, ice sculpture competitions, ice swimming, as well as, other winter-related sports and . . . . . . . get married. For it seems that the festival has become a favorite spot for couples all over the world, to tie the knot.

sources: chinadaily.com, cnn.com, wikipedia.com,huffingtonpost.com

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414 Comments
  • SpaceManThursday, January 25, 2018 at 8:33 am
    this is cool
    • BRGamingKingWednesday, January 24, 2018 at 10:36 am
      This so awsome i want to go there
      • lil_lil101
        lil_lil101Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 3:07 pm
        cool
        • Blue quadTuesday, April 12, 2016 at 2:40 pm
          I built one of those sculptor's but it was the size of my foot. :(
          • feliciaTuesday, February 2, 2016 at 6:11 pm
            so do i want to go too
            • RARITYTuesday, September 29, 2015 at 5:52 pm
              I know about that! that looks awesome!!! C-:
              • dogonewsThursday, May 21, 2015 at 6:25 am
                i want too go to it looks awsome and colorfull
                • halogunslingerMonday, May 4, 2015 at 8:28 am
                  that looks cool i want to go
                  • skygirl490
                    skygirl490Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 11:40 am
                    i think everybody wants to go to be honest
                    • waffle'sThursday, April 16, 2015 at 3:47 pm
                      I wan't to go to china because it is fabuluos