Harbin Ice and Snow Festival

On January 21, 2011, in Cool Places, by Sandy Li

When start China Travel, most people will visit Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, or Guangzhou. But in winter, if you want to feel the excitement of cold weather and beautiful ice and snow in your China Tours, you should come to Harbin, the capital city of Heilongjiang province, in the northeast of China. Because of the city’s location, Harbin has abundant natural ice and snow. It is known as a Paradise of Ice and Snow, or “Ice City” of China and is also famous for its significant outdoor winter artwork. Thanks to the intelligence and efforts of artists, the art of ice and snow sculpture began in Harbin about thirty years ago. They add color and light to those cold ice and snow by taking advantage of the northern cold winter weather. So tourists, both at home and abroad, are glad to visit Harbin to feel the culture of ice and snow. Otherwise, there are so many people have never seen snow in their cities before. They want to experience a new feeling of adventure.

Harbin Ice and Snow Festival provides the tourists a whole new world of ice and snow each year. The 27th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival will begin from January 5, 2011 and last for over one month. The most splendid collections of ice and snow artworks are exhibited in the following main places: Harbin Ice and Snow World, Ice Lantern Garden Party, Sun Island Scenic Area, Yabuli International Ski Resort and Zhaolin Park, as well as each side of main streets in Harbin.

The festival is now one of the most popular local festivals in China, as well as one of the largest ice and snow spectaculars in the world, making Harbin a popular destination for numerous tourists all over the world to spend their winter holidays. They can do all sorts of things during the festival: skating, skiing, tobogganing, ice sailing, ice hockey, or simply enjoying the winter scenery.

The ice and snow sculpture could be made in all shapes and sizes. They can be as small as a little bird or as big as a building. The designs range from human figures, animals and castles. The most impressive sculptures are the Great Wall, Eiffel Tower and Tiananmen Tower. They also made iced-sliding-boards. Lots of people, including kids, play on it. Besides, people also hold a competition for the exhibition. Some are professional artists for making ice lantern, but some are just for hobby.

The ice lantern and sculpture exhibitions provide tourists a good opportunity to appreciate the unique ice and snow art. The sculptures which are exhibited in the public squares, parks and main streets turn the whole city into a dreamlike world of pure whiteness and gleaming crystal.

Today, Harbin Ice and Snow Festival is not only an exhibition of ice and snow artwork, but also an annual cultural event for international exchange. The sculpture experts and fans from America, Canada, Japan, Singapore and Russia gather in Harbin to communicate with each other in this ice and snow world. Meanwhile, Harbin ice lanterns exhibit in most of cities in China and other countries.

If you are interested in this ice and snow world, please book your China Flights and come to Harbin. 


Sandy Li

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