Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival – Harbin, China
5 JANUARY FOR ONE MONTH.
THERE ARE A FEW OF THESE ICE FESTIVALS AROUND THE WORLD.
As with many things in China, this one is supersized, and while big isn’t always better, it’s hard to argue with the sight of the almighty sculptures on display.
WHAT SORT OF SNOW AND ICE CREATIONS ARE WE LIKELY TO SEE?
What aren’t you going to see? The Harbin festival has four different display parks all packed with larger-than-life sculptural wonders carved from ice and colourfully lit up like winter fairgrounds. There are cartoon-like characters, animals, mythical creatures and architectural marvels, like a replica of the Great Wall of China and a soaring edifice standing 46 metres in height, to mention just a few.
THE FESTIVAL LASTS A WHOLE MONTH! WON’T WE TIRE OF WALKING AROUND LOOKING AT ICE MONUMENTS?
Try getting in on some ice action by having a go on the ice slides or riding a sled around some of the monuments. Or, if you’re really brave, put your name forward to compete in the annual ice swim. Yes, it is exactly as it sounds.