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China, Harbin, "Ice & Snow Festival", this 120 mtr long Snow Sculpture is still in the carving process.

Harbin with population almost 3.5 million, is heralded as the Ice City for its well-known unbelievably impressive ice & snow recreations during the yearly international “Ice & Snow Festival” from the end of December until beginning of March. Harbin is also well known besides his important historic & economic past & present for China, for its historical Russian heritage, this cultural influence is still notable till today.

Everywhere in the City you will find Ice Carvings of all Sizes, besides there are several Expositions in different Park. The three major Parks are the Snow Sculptures at the Park on Sun Island, they are more artistic, the Ice Carvings at the Zhao Lin Park - Harbin Ice & Snow World are gigantic & illuminated at Night, in the Centre of the City is the Disneyland Ice Festival.

 

Ice-lanterns can date back to ancient times. It was said that some fishermen made rough & simple ice-lanterns made of ice just for lighting. With the time passed, ice-lanterns embodied their cultural features & artistic fascination gradually of making of ice-lanterns, ice sculptures started in the 1960s.

 

Due to the Siberian high & Harbin in the Heilongjiang Province location above 45 degrees north latitude, the city is known for having the most bitterly cold winters among major Chinese cities. Winter Temperatures can drop to below -35° C., when I visited Harbin beginning of January the Temperature varied between -20°C & -26°C below, but with dry air.

 

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Taken on January 5, 2009