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The frozen city of China: Harbin hosts the world's largest ice festival

The month-long spectacle set in Heilongjiang Province in northern China is one of the world's largest ice festival, featuring frozen castles, snow sculptures and other spectacular installations and activities.

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China kicked off its annual Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival on January 5. The month-long spectacle set in Heilongjiang Province in northern China is one of the world's largest ice festival, featuring frozen castles, snow sculptures and other spectacular installations and activities. (Image: Reuters)
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China kicked off its annual Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival on January 5. The month-long spectacle set in Heilongjiang Province in northern China is one of the world's largest ice festival, featuring frozen castles, snow sculptures and other spectacular installations and activities. (Image: Reuters)

Despite being one of the coldest city in the East Asian country, with the average temperature in January dropping to -12-degree Celsius, more than 10 million people flock to Harbin each year to witness the grandeur, which officially runs from January 5 to February 5. (Image: AP)
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Despite being one of the coldest city in the East Asian country, with the average temperature in January dropping to -12-degree Celsius, more than 10 million people flock to Harbin each year to witness the grandeur, which officially runs from January 5 to February 5. (Image: AP)

While there is plenty to enjoy in the teeth-chattering cold, the most popular attraction is the Harbin Ice and Snow World, constructed with ice blocks pulled from the nearby Songhua River. (Image: Reuters)
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While there is plenty to enjoy in the teeth-chattering cold, the most popular attraction is the Harbin Ice and Snow World, constructed with ice blocks pulled from the nearby Songhua River. (Image: Reuters)

This year, to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the festival, the magnificent monument was built across 600,000 square meters of land, featuring more than 100 landmarks. The snow castle is made of 110,000 cubic meters of ice and 120,000 cubic meters of snow. (Image: Reuters)
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This year, to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the festival, the magnificent monument was built across 600,000 square meters of land, featuring more than 100 landmarks. The snow castle is made of 110,000 cubic meters of ice and 120,000 cubic meters of snow. (Image: Reuters)

Apart from the gigantic illuminated ice castles, the festival also boasts of an exquisite snow Buddha statue a 3D light show and the 340-meter-long Northern Lights-themed ice slides. (Image: AP)
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Apart from the gigantic illuminated ice castles, the festival also boasts of an exquisite snow Buddha statue a 3D light show and the 340-meter-long Northern Lights-themed ice slides. (Image: AP)

The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival will also feature a competition where sculptors from 12 different countries will present their opus. (Image: AP)
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The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival will also feature a competition where sculptors from 12 different countries will present their opus. (Image: AP)

Entrance for the annual festival this year costs RMB 330, or Rs 3,340. Visitors can also enjoy plenty of free activities around town, including 2,019 snowmen of different shapes and sizes built along the river. (Image: Reuters)
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Entrance for the annual festival this year costs RMB 330, or Rs 3,340. Visitors can also enjoy plenty of free activities around town, including 2,019 snowmen of different shapes and sizes built along the river. (Image: Reuters)

The annual festival was first celebrated in 1985, inspired by Heilongjiang's traditional lanterns, which were carved out of ice and illuminated by candles. (Image: AP)
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The annual festival was first celebrated in 1985, inspired by Heilongjiang's traditional lanterns, which were carved out of ice and illuminated by candles. (Image: AP)

It is now considered one of the biggest winter festivals around the world, joining the ranks of the Quebec Winter Carnival in Canada, Norway's Holmenkollen Ski Festival and Japan's Sapporo Snow Festival. (Image: AP)
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It is now considered one of the biggest winter festivals around the world, joining the ranks of the Quebec Winter Carnival in Canada, Norway's Holmenkollen Ski Festival and Japan's Sapporo Snow Festival. (Image: AP)

First Published on Jan 7, 2019 07:35 am
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