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Harbin Ice and Snow World

  • First set-up by the Harbin Municipal Government in 1999, Harbin Ice and Snow World is by far the largest ice and snow art exhibition in the world. It is commonly referred to as possessing four of the key 'mosts': the most art attractions, the most beautiful night views, the most recreational activities and the most forms of entertainment. Furthermore, the festival is constantly evolving and each year brings with it a new theme, providing visitors with a totally unique experience from one year to the next.

    The ice carvings at the Ice and Snow World are regarded as some of the world's finest examples of ice art, with visitors able to admire some of the largest and most majestic ice-sculpted masterpieces. Each of these ice carvings are designed in some way related to the festival's theme, enabling travelers to sample a variety of cultural flavors. For example, in its first year the festival's layout was designed around the idea of 'Prosperous China and High-flying Longjiang', with the ice carvings depicting the rapid development of the country. In 2005, the theme was 'Friendship between China and Russia', with all the sculptures fashioned in a typical Russian style. Among them were replicas of some of Russia's most famous architecture, such as the East Palace, and Moscow's Red Square.

    One of the highlights for any visitor to the festival is to visit the site at night when multicolored lights set underground illuminate the sculptures, revealing a whole new colorful dimension to the exhibits. The contrasts of the bright and dazzling lights against the dark night sky make the works look all the more spectacular.

    How to build Ice and snow world

    Workers collected ice from Songhua River to prepare for building the 18th Ice and Snow World in Harbin every year

    A pig head was offered in sacrifice before the workers collected the ice from Songhua River.

    Workers collected ice from Songhua River

    Farmers harvest ice on a section of the Songhua River in Harbin. Hundreds of farmers living near the cities come to harvest ice for around 20 days every winter and earn about 200 to 300 yuan (around 29 to 43 US dollars) per person per day. These ice cubes, about 1.6 meters long, 0.8 meters wide and 0.4 meters thick, are harvested for building ice sculptures of the Harbin Ice and Snow World, a popular winter attraction featuring colorful illuminated ice and snow sculptures, as well as cultural activities and winter sports.

    The main tower of the park will be 42.2 meters. The workers are builing the base of the tower.

    The 19th Harbin Ice and Snow World is the most impoartant theme park of  the 34rd Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival.

    The park is being built by more than 4,000 workers in the first stage. More than 10,000 workers will work in the park in the middle stage of the project.

    The 19th Harbin Ice and Snow World will create more than 2,000 sights. Using ice 180,000 cubic meters and snow 150,000 cubic meters. The size of the park and the numbers of the sights will  reach a historically height in years. It will take about 15 days to built the park. The park have a trial rund from Dec 22, 2018 to Jan. 4, 2019. The park is officially open on January 5, 2019.

    Harbin ice Festival Entry ticket:330RMB a ticket, under 1.2meter free with adults, 1.2-1.5 200YUAN a ticket 


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