The renowned Harbin International Ice Festival opened to the public last Tuesday, on January 5. The festival has been held since 1963 and is famous for its glorious sculptures and giant replicas of fairy-tale buildings and dream-like landscapes.

In its 32nd year, the festival returns with "Pearl on the Crown of Ice & Snow” theme and feature multitudes of gorgeous ice castles and cathedrals spread in four theme parks: Sun Island International Snow Sculpture Art Expo, Harbin Ice and Snow World, Songhua River Ice and Snow Harbin Valley, and Zhaolin Park Ice Lantern Fair.

Held in Harbin, China's northern Heilongjiang province, this year’s festival covers more than 750,000 square meters with immense ice structures that required more than 330,000 cubic meters of ice and snow to create. Listed as the top 4 ice and snow festivals in the world, 2016 Harbin Festival employed 10,000 workers and took three months of design work to construct the massive exhibition. The attractions were built to be clear and white during the day, but colorfully illuminated during the night.

Not just that, the annual festival also includes many interesting activities and events, such as ice and snow carnival, international ice sculptures competitions, ice lantern show and ice and snow film art show, to name a few.

More than a million people are expected to visit the most marvelous snow and ice festival in the world.

The Harbin International Snow and Ice Festival is now open and closed at the end of February 2016.


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