You might remember this festival from our post about it last year... and the Harbin Snow and Ice Festival is just as colorful this year as it is every year.
The Harbin Snow & Ice Festival is an annual event which takes place in one of China's coldest cities (temperatures in the winter can reach and surpass negative 35 Celsius or so). Every year over a 100,000 Tons of Ice Blocks are cut from the Song Hua River and used by the hundreds of international sculptors & carvers from January till the end of February. It' s one of the largest festivals of its kind, and at night the ice lanterns make the magnificent ice structures come alive with color.
Harbin, the capital of Heilongjiang province of People's Republic of China, is one of the best sources of ice and snow culture in the world. Geographically, it 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. It can be as cold as - 38.1 degrees Celsius in winter.
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Officially, the festival starts from January 5th and it lasts one month. However often the exhibitions open earlier and last longer, weather permitting. Ice sculpture decoration ranges from the modern technology of lasers to traditional ice lanterns.