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 28th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival will start on January 5, 2012, and lasts to the end of February.
Harbin Ice Festival provides the visitors each year a whole new world of ice and snow.
Harbin is the capital city of the Heilongjiang Province which is the most north-easterly part of China and borders Russia. During the long cold winter months the temperature can drop down to as low as -22°F (-30°C). Snow carvings, ice lanterns, fireworks display and snow recreations make Harbin one of China’s most popular winter destinations.
The Harbin International Ice Festival is one of world’s four largest international ice festivals, along with Japan’s Sapporo Snow Festival, Canada’s Quebec Winter Carnival, and Norway’s Ski Festival. It starts annually on January 5 and lasts for over one month, weather permitting. During this period, people throughout the world take part in the various artist, cultural, athletic and tourist events.