The annual Ice Festival is Harbin’s main winter draw. The Harbin International Ice Festival started about 10 years ago and is now one of the world’s four biggest ice and snow festivals. Harbin is called “The Ice City” as the winters there are bitterly cold, making the conditions right for the ice festival.
Harbin ice and snow festival is dear to all those who love Chinese culture because it showcases a great deal of Chinese folklore and mythology. The ice sculptures depict the best of Asian heritage in a very creative way, attracting hundreds of visitors from all over the world.
There are three important venues of the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival:
Sun Island Scenic Area – Here you can find beautifully carved giant snow sculptures, which can be only visited during daytime.
Ice and Snow World – As its name suggests, the creators certainly were trying to recreate a whole “world” with huge scale ice sculptures of palace buildings, the Great Wall of China, and so on. It is can be visited during daytime and at night when all the lights are turned on.
Zhaolin Park – Children would especially love the small ice sculptures that are displayed here, such as ice lanterns and other magical figures and animals. It is mostly an ice world focused on kids. There are interesting activities that kids may enjoy such as ice slides.
Walking around the three venues, you’ll see world-record sized snow sculptures longer than two football fields, and some ice buildings, palaces, monuments, or statues about 50 meters tall, which you can walk and slide around in and on. With every year, the size of the snow sculpture and ice architecture exhibits keeps growing. The work going into making these exhibits is astounding, and their size and beauty is amazing. This festival can be quite an experience.
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