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China Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival 2014

2013-Harbin-Ice-Festival-China-2-537x413The annual Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival was originated from local Harbiner traditional ice lantern show garden party in winter since 1963. It had been interrupted for a number of years during the Cultural Revolution but had been resumed and announced as an annual event at Zhaolin Park on January 5 in 1985.

In 2001, Harbin Ice Festival was merged with Heilongjiang International Ski Festival and got its new formal name China Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival.

150903aHarbin is located in Northeast China under the direct influence of the cold winter wind from Siberia. The average temperature in summer is 21.2 degrees Celsius, -16.8 degrees Celsius in winter. Annual low temperatures below -35C are not uncommon.

Officially, the festival starts January 5 and lasts one month. However the exhibits often open earlier and stay longer, weather permitting. Ice sculpture decoration technology ranges from the modern (using lasers) to traditional (with ice ICE AND SNOW FESTIVAL OPENS IN HARBINlanterns). While there are ice sculptures throughout the city, there are two main exhibition areas: Enormous snow sculptures at Sun Island (a recreational area on the opposite side of the Songhua River from the city) and the separate “Ice and Snow World” that operates each night. Ice and Snow World features illuminated full size buildings made from blocks of 2–3 feet thick crystal clear ice directly taken from the Songhua River. There are ice lantern park touring activities held in many parks in the city. Winter activities in the festival include Yabuli 140102102417-harbin-2014-festival-3-horizontal-galleryalpine skiing, winter-swimming in the Songhua River, and the ice-lantern exhibition in Zhaolin Garden.

The Harbin festival is the largest ice and snow festival in the world.

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  1. The 2015 Harbin Ice and Snow Festival will come on Jan 5th 2015! s with a theme “Happy Ice Snow, Exciting City” on January 5 in 2015. And below are the schedule:
    41th Harbin Ice Lantern Art Fair
    Dec 21, 2014 – Feb, 2015
    Zhaolin Park

    27th International Snow Sculpture Art Expo
    Dec 21, 2014 – Feb, 2015
    Sun Island
    16th Harbin Ice and Snow World
    Dec 23, 2014 – Feb, 2015

    Ice and Snow World
    29th Harbin International Ice Sculpture Competition
    Jan 6-8, 2015
    Zhaolin Park

    20th Harbin International Snow Sculpture Competition
    Jan 4-6, 2015
    Sun Island

    7th International University Students Snow Sculpture Competition
    Jan 4-7, 2015
    Harbin Engineering University

    21th National Snow Sculpture Competition
    Dec 17-20, 2014
    Sun Island

    31th Ice Festival City Circuit Procession
    Jan 5, 2015
    Harbin Expo Center to Ice Snow World

    31th Harbin Ice Festival Opening
    Jan 5, 2015
    Harbin Expo Center

    31th Harbin Ice Snow Group Wedding Ceremony
    Jan 5, 2015
    Sun Island

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