The start of a brand new year means it’s time once again to bundle up and travel to Harbin, also known as “ice city,” in the northeastern Chinese province of Heilongjiang where the awesome Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival is has just begun (previously featured here). 2015 marks the 31st anniversary of the month-long festival, now the largest ice and snow festival on earth featuring the world’s largest ice sculptures, many of which are illuminated at night by multicolored LEDs.
Horse-drawn carriages offer tours throughout the wonderland of ice and snow sculptures, some of which are so big that people can walk through and even slide down them.
The ice used to create these amazing sculptures is harvested from the surface of the Songhua River using swing saws. Ice sculptors then use chisels, ice picks, and various saws to create their magnificent frozen sculptures. Deionized water is used to create blocks of transparent ice in order to create ice sculptures that are as clear as glass.
Head over to Design You Trust for even more photos of this wonderful winter festival.
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The festival officially began on January 5 and lasts for one month, but construction on the massive snow and ice sculptures started months ago. The structures—which range in form from animals to full-scale buildings—are just as impressive after dark as they are during the day thanks to colorful lighting embedded within the ice.
Festival spectators face temperatures as low as -35º Celsius (-31º Fahrenheit), but people from around world can explore the striking sculptures through photos and videos shared to Instagram.
The city of Sapporo on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido has been hosting the Sapporo Snow Festival since the early 1980s. Each February the city’s streets are decorated with snow and ice sculptures celebrating the beauty of winter. The sculptures range from enormous - grand buildings, temples and monuments, to smaller and more finely-detailed - pop culture characters, animals, and historical figures.
In addition to countless snow and ice sculptures created purely for the love of art and winter, the festival draws competitive sculptors from all over the world for annual competitions that take place in different sites around the city.
“The event has set several World Records, including the audience-participatory construction of the most snowmen ever made in one place (over 10,000 – a record which still stands). The next installment, now the 65th Sapporo Snow Festival, will be held this February 5th through 11th in 2014.”
Every year, in northeast China’s Heilongjiang province, the city of Harbin hosts the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival,
featuring massive ice and snow sculptures. At night, the sculptures are
colorfully illuminated and visitors can climb and play on some of the
structures. The festival officially opened on January 5 this year, and
will run through the end of February. According to organizers, the
winter festival now draws several million tourists each year, from China
and from abroad. Thanks to Design Dautore