China’s Chillest Festival!

Bundle up because we are going to explore one of the chilliest carnivals in the world.

The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival is underway.

Let’s check it out!

This annual celebration started on January 5th and runs to February 5th. It is located in the Heilongjiang Province in northern China, and is the world’s biggest snow and ice festival.

One of the most popular attractions is Harbin Ice and Snow World. It is made with ice blocks pulled from the nearby Songhua River. This year it spans over 600,000 square meters and includes more than 100 landmarks. It’s made of 110,000 cubic meters of ice and 120,000 cubic meters of snow!

china_harbin-castle-slideThere are gigantic illuminated ice castles, and an exquisite snow Buddha statue (made of more than 4,500 square cubic meters of snow), a 3D light show, and the 340-meter-long Northern Lights-themed ice slides.
Visitors can also check out works by sculptors from 12 different countries, all there to compete in an annual competition.
Plus, there are plenty of free activities to take in like 2,019 snowmen of different shapes and sizes built along the river.
First celebrated in 1985, the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival was  inspired by Heilongjiang traditional lanterns, which were carved out of ice and illuminated by candles.

What do you think of this snowy festival? Leave us your thoughts in the comment section.

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