NewsFlash - HARBIN ICE FESTIVAL

NewsFlash
HARBIN ICE FESTIVAL

Renowned for one of the most bitterly cold winters of all Chinese cities, Harbin is known as the Ice City for its well-known winter tourism and recreations, and its world-famous ice and snow festival – the largest of its kind on the planet. It takes 15,000 ice sculptors, artisans and workers, working painstakingly for 16 days, cutting 120,000 cubic metres of ice blocks from Songhua River’s frozen surface, to create the breathtaking illuminated iced sculptures and statues, plus full-size buildings and figures, dotted around the city. However, the main highlights are the two focal exhibition areas, namely Sun Island and Ice & Snow World. Ice slides and festival food and drinks can be found in abundance in several parks and major avenues in the city, as well as winter activities such as Yabuli Alpine Skiing, snowmobile driving, winter-swimming in the Songhua River, and the traditional ice-lantern exhibition in Zhaolin Garden.