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February 2016 World Festival : China

Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival

Where: Harbin, China

When: January 5 – February 28, 2016


Set in Harbin’s coldest months, this festival features breathtaking temporary works of art, all created with ice from the Songhua River. Between the four primary parks and amusement zones, there are a few thousand pieces, not to mention all the ice architecture created throughout the city for the winter. The two month Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in January and February is a must-see for families and gives a whole new meaning to the name Winter Wonderland.

Today it's a combination of art and science that creates the elaborate and ornate ice and snow spectacle. Deionized water is used on some pieces to produce ice as transparent as glass, and multicolored lights add multi-dimensional depth and beauty. Over the course of a hurried half-month, more than 15,000 people carve (by hand or laser) more than 4 million cubic feet of ice. From scaled-down versions of the Forbidden City and the Great Wall to simpler student-created pieces, the sheer volume of beauty is staggering.

During the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival , 800,000 visitors descend on the city, with 90% from China (this is one of the country’s top winter destinations). While there are amazing sculptures nearly everywhere you turn, there are a few amusement zones you shouldn’t miss including Ice & Snow World (opening night only), Zhaolin Park (nighttime experience in the city center) and the Snow Sculpture Art Expo on Sun Island (daytime only).

The festival starts and ends on a loud note, with a huge fireworks display on the opening day and the chance for visitors to smash the sculptures with ice picks when things close down in February.

Source: https://www.fest300.com/festivals/harbin-ice-snow-sculpture-festival

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