Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival 2011 In Heilongjiang Province of China Officially Launched

By on Jan 7, 2011 in Asia, Current Events, World Comments

The Harbin Ice and Snow Festival has been officially launched on January 5, 2011 with more than 70 ice sculptors from 16 countries and regions who participated the ice sculpture contest in Heilongjiang province, international news reported.

The ice sculptures and buildings were built from ice blocks cut from the frozen surface of the nearby Songhua River. Some of the participants were from the United States, Thailand, Canada, Chile, Malaysia and Finland.

Reports said that it is one of the largest ice-carving festivals in the world that features a wide range of ice-related activities such as ice swimming, ice sculpture competitions, ice lanterns, fireworks display, hot air ballooning and various winter sports.

The annual event is being held in a 1,500-square-meter indoor pavilion in Zhaolin Park in China. It usually starts annually on January 5 and lasts for over a month depending on the weather.

Here is a video during the preparation of the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival courtesy of YouTube user Nocommenttv.


Fireworks display at Harbin Ice and Snow Festival
Spectators watch fireworks explode over ice sculptures at the 12th Harbin Ice and Snow World display, during the official opening of the Harbin International Ice and Snow festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province January 5, 2011. REUTERS/David Gray

Snow sculpture of a large house
A workman sweeps in front of a snow sculpture of a large house, at a traffic intersection in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province January 5, 2011. The Harbin International Ice and Snow festival will be officially launched with a fireworks display on Wednesday night. REUTERS/David Gray

Harbin Ice Sculpture
A visitor sits atop a snow sculpture at the 12th Harbin Ice and Snow World display, during the official opening of the Harbin International Ice and Snow festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province January 5, 2011. REUTERS/David Gray



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