Frigid northern China hosts snow and ice sculpture festival In this Jan. 3, 2017, photo, released by Xinhua News Agency, contestants carve ice sculptures during an international ice sculpture contest as part of the Harbin Ice and Snow festival in Harbin, capital of northeast China's Heilongjiang Province. (Wang Jianwei/Xinhua via AP/Chinatopix via AP)
Frigid northern China hosts snow and ice sculpture festival
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The city of Harbin is located in China's frigid northeast. The city is hosting one of the world's largest festivals. It features ice sculptures. These include likenesses of animals. It also features cartoon characters and famous landmarks.
 
Last year, the festival drew more than a million visitors. It showcases the region's tradition of snow and ice carvings as well as ice swimming in the Songhua River. Harbin's temperatures can fall to minus 13 degrees Fahrenheit.
 
Harbin's best ice and snow carvers have been busy putting the finishing touches to their sculptures. They are based on big chunks of ice. These are dragged out of the nearby river. They are carved. Then they are brushed and lit up.
 
The sculptures range from animals and cartoon characters to replicas of famous world monuments and landscapes. There also is a 1,115-feet-long slide. State media say it took around 500 builders to complete.
 
Lu Fu was helping to finish a giant ice castle in Harbin. He was brushing it with a small rake.
 
"I feel happy. Especially after completion, I feel so excited when looking at the ice wall with lights on in the distance," said Lu. He has been carving ice for more than 20 years. "Ice building is the pride of Harbin people."

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COMMENTS (22)
  • chelseyb-san
    4/10/2017 - 12:19 p.m.

    Lu Fu has been carving ice for more than 20 years. People carve ice into shapes. They sometimes carve people,animals and other stuff.

  • johns3-san
    4/10/2017 - 12:23 p.m.

    It brings pride people for building the ice buildings or animals because it gives them something to look forward to in the future. Not only that but they like dragging ice out of the river and carving them into sculptures. I feel like it is a tradition for the Chinese.

  • marianav-san
    4/10/2017 - 12:25 p.m.

    People like ice. They ice is really cold. Ice is really hard

  • marcob-san
    4/10/2017 - 12:26 p.m.

    So that they can have a festival and have fun in the ice cause who else does a festival in ice.

  • diegos1-san
    4/10/2017 - 12:26 p.m.

    Thay like ice and snow.thay are getting creative.thay are cool scorchers.there is a lot of snow and it boring to nothing.thay are making thing that can cost a lot of moeny

  • anahir-san
    4/10/2017 - 12:26 p.m.

    The city of Harbin is located in China's frigid northeast.
    The city is hosting one of the worlds largest festivals.
    It features ice sculptures.
    Last year the city drew more than a million visitors.
    The sculptures range from animals and cartoon characters to replicas of famous world monuments and landscapes.

  • arturov1-san
    4/10/2017 - 12:28 p.m.

    I a pride for them because its like a talent or them if they bring spirits.

  • michellem-san
    4/10/2017 - 12:28 p.m.

    Ice building a source of pride for the people of Harbinbecuase the city of Harbin is located in China's frigid northeast. the is hosting one of the worlds largest festivals. It also features carton characters and famous landmark.

  • mariav-san
    4/10/2017 - 12:28 p.m.

    It had over a million. It was just ice. The ice was 13 degrees.

  • miah-san
    4/10/2017 - 12:28 p.m.

    It is a source of pride for the people of harbin because it features ice sculptures. It is a source of pride for the people of the harbin because it also features the cartoon character and famous landmarks. It is a source of pride for the pride for the people of harbin because in showcases the regions traditions of snow and ice carvings.

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