Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture festival is a great winter festival and if you are in China during this period, it really should not be missed.
The 27th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival will start on January 5, 2011, and lasts to the end of February.
Harbin Ice Festival provides the visitors each year a whole new world of ice and snow.
Why Harbin as the Ice City
Because of its location in northeast China accounting for the arctic climate, it provides abundant natural ice and snow. Subsequently, the “Ice City” of Harbin is recognized as the cradle of ice and snow art in China and is famous for its exquisite and artistic ice and snow sculptures.
Highlights of the Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Expo
Ice Lantern Festival at night is poetic and colourful fiesta of ice and light.
Daytime Snow Sculpture Expo on Sun Island is worldly famous
Drive into a park of over 200 free roaming Siberian tigers and lions on snow, feed them with flying pheasants and watch them capturing their prey is special experience. Great fun for both adults & children.
Watch swiming and diving peformance on the frozen river, and play ice Slides.
Drink in an ice Bar on the street of Russian-influenced architecture.
Japanese Germ Warfare Base in Harbin is an eye-opening site to get to know the history of World War II in the Far East.
Sun Island Park
The Sun Island Park is the site of the Snow Sculpture Exposition displaying a wonderful snow world. It has the world’s largest indoor ice and snow art museum and it opens to the public from November every year.
Yabuli International Ski Resort
The Yabuli International Ski Resort, the biggest and best ski resort in China, is 200 kilometers (124 miles) east of Harbin and 120 kilometers (75 miles) west of Mudanjiang in Shangzhi City, Heilongjiang Province.
Zhaolin Park is a ‘must see’ during the Harbin Ice Festival because it has a traditional program that shows the most excellent ice lanterns. With water, lights and the natural ice from the Songhua River running through Harbin as the material, the ice lanterns are made by freezing water, piling up ice or snow, then carving, enchasing, decorating, etc.