The Ice City – Harbin

In China, Heilongjiang Province is the most significant region for ice sculpture. The most famous event is the increasingly popular International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival held annually in Harbin.

The annual Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival has been held since 1963. It had been interrupted for a number of years during the Cultural Revolution until it was resumed in 1985.

The festival has consistently increased in size over the years, with more talented artists involved and more impressive techniques and pieces on show.

Ice sculpture decoration ranges from the modern technology of lasers to traditional ice lanterns. Objects of all sizes appear, up to and including building-sized pieces.

Officially, the festival starts from January 5th and it lasts one month. However often the exhibitions open earlier and last longer, weather permitting.

These were the photos I’ve taken while I was in Harbin. Forgive me for not being an expert in photographing.

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4 responses

  1. The sculptures are a real marvel that transports you to a fairy-tale. The photos are brilliant

    A greeting.

  2. Yes, they certainly are^^ I’m surprised how they manage to make it so big XD!

  3. Is the building made of ice?

    1. Yes. It was all craved from ice, the stairs, roof, wall and etc.

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