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 in China's frigid northeast is hosting one of the world's largest festivals. It features ice sculptures of animals, 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 that are dragged out of the nearby river. Then they are carved, brushed and lit up.
 
The sculptures range from animals and cartoon characters to replicas of famous world monuments and landscapes, as well as 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 on a busy roundabout in Harbin, 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, who has been carving ice for more than 20 years. "Ice building is the pride of Harbin people."

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COMMENTS (6)
  • mwils-wim
    1/20/2017 - 11:40 a.m.

    Whenever I read about the wonderful creations made from nothing less than ice, I can't help but feel a sense of warmth come from inside (ironically.) Me being an artist also, I can only imagine the dedication and skill that it took to create these amazing massive structures.

  • janetb1-sch
    1/20/2017 - 03:10 p.m.

    I think this is healthy pursuit because it is about a big ice festival where many people gather together each year to enjoy the celebration with loves ones."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."

  • elianar1-sch
    1/20/2017 - 03:13 p.m.

    I think this is not a health pursuit because it is about a big ice festival where many people gather together each year. "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." This quote shows that this is not for a health pursuit.

  • ianv1-bla
    1/27/2017 - 08:31 a.m.

    The city of Harbin is very cold, but is still hosting one of the worlds largest festivals. It is of ice sculptures! Last year it got over a million visitors. The festival showcases ice sculptures but people also go to swim in a river in -13 degrees weather! The types of statues range from world monuments to cartoon characters. Ice building is a source of pride because it takes a long time to make these masterpieces. As Lu Fu said in the article, "I feel so happy, especially after completion."

  • isabelm-ver
    2/10/2017 - 03:24 p.m.

    I think this is a really cool event and i would love to go and see the things people come up with. It seems like people really enjoy it if 1 million people came before.

  • kelliek-
    2/22/2017 - 08:40 a.m.

    The ice building shows their tradition of snow and ice for china. It is also something different that other places don't know.

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