Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival is an annual winter festival, which is celebrated from the last 17 years in Northeast China’s Harbin region. Considered as the world’s biggest winter festival, it takes place in the Harbin region of China where people from different parts of the world can be seen enjoying and having fun of the severe cold. This theme based event uses ice to make sculptures that captivate the eyes of the visitors.
The festival has a record of entertaining 15 million visitors annually and gives them the pleasure of watching different creations of ice and the winter sports that are being organized here.
Named on its city, the festival initially used to be a traditional ice lantern show and garden part that started in the year of 1963. It got merged with the Heilongjiang’s International Ski Festival after a cultural revolution in 2001 and got its current name. Its creative idea of designing themes with ice took it to the Guinness Record Book and thus gave a platform from where it got national recommendation and participation.
Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture festival exhibits a wide range of sculptures, swing saws, ice palaces and sand sculptures that are being designed by the artists top attract the visitors. Sun Island and Ice and Snow World are the major highlights of this festival wherein architectures are created with ice and illuminated with lights that make it a masterpiece. Ice lantern park touring activities are also organized in the park during the festival that has many more activities to enjoy such as the Yabuli alpine skiing, winter-swimming in the Songhua River and the ice-lantern exhibition in Zhaolin Garden, etc.
When to go?
Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival starts in December and stretches till February. If you love freezing winters, then visit it between December and January, though the weather is cold in February too, but it is less as compared to the beginning of the festival.
Venues of Festival
The dates of the festival keep changing, depending on the weather. But generally the festival is divided into three venues, Sun Island Scenic Area, The Ice and Snow World and Zhaolin Park. The timings and tickets can be booked directly from the website without any problem. It has started already and expected to end in February 2016.
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