This winter wonderland is the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival.
IceFestivalHarbin The Chinese festival started back in 1985 in the city of Harbin, which is located in one of China’s coldest regions.
IceFestivalHarbin Due to it’s arctic weather conditions, Harbin’s location is perfect as it provides tons of natural ice to build and preserve these stunning sculptures.
Man-made ice isn’t great for carving so the ice used for the festival is sourced from the Songhua River, which runs through the city. Workers spend weeks collecting enough ice for the sculptors to work with.
IceFestivalHarbin When they’re complete, many of the sculptures are lit up with thousands of LED lights.
IceFestivalHarbin The festival runs from January 5th to late February.
And as well as admiring the ice, there are all sorts of activities including dog sledding, winter swimming, and safari-style trips to see Siberian tigers.
IceFestivalHarbin So much ice!
IceFestivalHarbin You can find out more at the festival’s
We’re just off to book our tickets now.
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