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Midwinter Joy at China’s Harbin Ice Festival

Harbin, a city in northeastern China, hosts the annual Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival every year. It started in the year 1985 and is believed to be the world’s largest winter festival.

Let’s know more about this exciting festival:

  • It originated from Harbin’s traditional ice lantern show and garden party (popular in the 1960s) and Heilongjiang’s International Ski Festival
  • The festival starts on 5 January every year and lasts for about a month
  • More than 12-15 countries participate in this annual competition
  •  Artists create sculptures from the snow of the Songhua River and exhibit them. They use various types of tools to create these sculptures. Deionized water makes the sculptures transparent. They also add multicolor lights for the evening shows.
  • The highlights of this festival are grand sculptures, ice lantern exhibitions at night, skiing and winter swimming in the Songhua River.

The theme this year was ‘Magical Harbin, Ice Snow Charming China‘. 

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