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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Why is ice building a source of pride for the people of Harbin?
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  • amayah-san
    4/10/2017 - 12:29 p.m.

    Ice building is a source of pride to Harbin because it honors all the animals and other people who made books and acted in movies and more. It's also a pride because they have a festival and they have all the sculptures there.

  • austins2-san
    4/10/2017 - 12:31 p.m.

    It snow is China it snows real hard. They work to take off the snow. They be cold over there

  • isaach3-san
    4/10/2017 - 12:32 p.m.

    People like to come to china to see the careens of people and cartoons .they do this to get more and more to come see them ever year. They get million.

  • dylanc10-san
    4/10/2017 - 12:33 p.m.

    Cause it snow a lot there and it's a habit for them

  • joshlins-san
    4/10/2017 - 12:33 p.m.

    I think that ice building is a squires of pride for the people of Harbin because once u are done sculpting it looks beautiful and u feel so proud of your self for being able to create such a beautiful form of art.

  • brittanym-san
    4/10/2017 - 12:33 p.m.

    It's shows people how important Land scraps are. And it's cool that they are building statues out of ice. That they are making important people in history a statue. And cartoons old cartoons. So cool to build statues out of ice.

  • robertoh1-san
    4/10/2017 - 12:34 p.m.

    One way Ice building is a source of pride for the people of Harbin is because Ice carvers spend lots of hard work and dedication to their builds. Another way is that the builds that they do are so interesting that last year more than a million viewers showed up. A third way it is a source of pride for the Harbin people is that they take pride in their builds no matter what.

  • vanessar-san
    4/10/2017 - 12:36 p.m.

    The ice building source of pride for people because they like having the building source it really tells people of what they are capable of doing. They been doing them for more than 20 years.

  • davidf1-san
    4/10/2017 - 12:36 p.m.

    Ice building is a source of pride for the people of harbin because people from harbin may need ice to build.Also ice is a building source because you can make something out of the ice.After ice is a building source because it may come in handy.Lastly people can make a sculpture out of the ice that's why it's a ice building source.

  • rosal-san
    4/10/2017 - 12:36 p.m.

    Snow and ice carving as well as ice swimming in Songhua River. They are based on big chunks of ice. Then they are brushed and lit up. There also is a 1,115 feet-long slide. Ice is the pride of Harbin people.

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