China’s Ice And Snow Festival Showcases Magical Creations
Just because the temperatures are dropping doesn’t mean the heat of innovation goes out. There are currently hundreds of snow and ice sculpture competitions across the world. In these competitions, artists can show off their creative ability in sculpting and designing blocks of ice. While each of these is amazing in their own way, no festival is more massive than the one being hosted in Northern China.
Ice Cold Talent
The world’s largest ice sculpting show, the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, located in Heilongjiang Province China, draws some of the most fantastic sculpture imaginable. Hundreds of people trek thousands of miles through the fridged temperatures just to see these incredible works of art.
Taking place from January 5th to February 5th, the show includes an opening ceremony and the opening of the Harbin Ice and Snow World. Snow World is constructed from 110 thousand cubic meters of ice and 120,000 cubic meters of snow. This massive wonderland spans 600,000 square meters and across 100 different landmarks throughout China.
For only $48, plus some additional fees for exclusive exhibits, you can witness the fantastic sights of these ice and snow creations. Admission includes everything from Snow World to individual creations. This is a small price to pay for what is undoubtedly a priceless experience.
In addition to Snow World, there are many different sculptures on display from twelve different countries. From amazingly designed snowmen to a massive forty-five hundred square meter Budda, there is no shortage of sights to be seen on this fantastic trip.
First established in 1985, the festival was inspired by Heilongjiang’s traditional lanterns. These lanters are sculpted out of ice and illuminated by candles, and have made way for the incredible spectacle that has been shaped over the years of the festival’s occurrence.
The year 2019 will mark 35 years since the festival’s inception, and is considered to be one of the top winter festivals. It has joined the ranks of many other prominent events across the globle, none of which holding the same artistic ability and diversity as Harbin.
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