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.