Thursday, January 29, 2009

Snow Sculpture Festival in Harbin

International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival started in Harbin, China on January 5, 2009 and will last for one month. These year visitors see sculptures of 100,000 cubic meters of ice with cost of more than 8 million Dollars.

Harbin, the capital of Heilongjiang province, is one of the china's coldest places. Winter temperatures can drop to below -35 C.

With 190-day freezing season, the northeastern city of Harbin is known as a "City of Ice" and a cradle of the ice-and-snow culture in the world. The long and frigid winter, and the high plasticity and hardness of ice blocks quarried from the Songhua River, furnish favorable conditions for ice and snow sculpture.

During the festival, people can enjoy an ice lantern show, snow sculpture display, and international ice and snow sculpture competitions; winter swimming, ice hockey, speed-skating, alpine skiing, and cross-country skiing competitions; and ice and snow film festival exhibitions of paintings, calligraphy and photograph, folklore shows, ethnic song and dance parties, weddings on an ice-covered river.

A participation in the ice-snow festival can be compared to a visit to a fairyland of crystal palace. (But with -35 C !?... brrrrrr!).

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