Harbin's Ice and Snow festival
Harbin, one of China's coldest cities, is home to massive ice sculptures that have been created for a special winter festival that attracts millions of visitors every year.
Harbin's Ice and Snow festival, one of the largest ice-carving festivals in the world, officially starts on Jan. 5 and lasts at least one month or longer, weather permitting.More information about China Tours in chinatourguide.com
The sculptures, cut from the frozen surface of the nearby Songhua River, are illuminated with colorful lights at night. The Festival, established in 1985, is held annually from January 5 and lasts for over one month. Harbin is the capital city of Heilongjiang Province and this is China's original and greatest ice artwork festival, attracting hundreds of thousands of local people and visitors from all over the world.
The city's location in northeast China accounts for its arctic climate which provides abundant natural ice and snow. Subsequently, the 'Ice City' of Harbin is recognized as the cradle of ice and snow art in China and is famous for its exquisite and artistic ice and snow sculptures. The fabulous Ice Lantern Festival was the forerunner of the current festival and is still the best loved part of the overall event in the opinion of all who go to that city each year.