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What surprised Harbin Ice Sculpture Festival in 2020

For many people, winter is clearly associated with snowdrifts, New Year, Christmas tree, the smell of fresh needles, tangerines and cinnamon. But do you know what a real winter fairy tale looks like? Harbin’s annual snow and ice festival can let you see first-hand what it is! How can I turn ordinary snow into an exciting magical country. Where everyone can again feel that same, forgotten by adults, children’s sense of faith in miracles.

Every year in Harbin, in the province of Heilongjiang (China), an event is held, which, today, without a doubt, can be called one of the most ambitious in the world – this is an international festival of snow and ice. Participants create ice and snow sculptures that amaze their imagination with their filigree craftsmanship.
Now the competition is open to participants from different countries.

Now the competition is open to participants from different countries.
The first such festival in Harbin was held back in 1963. This was followed by a long unforeseen break. The Cultural Revolution took place in China and it was again possible to arrange such a show, only after 22 years. The festival, which took place this year, is already the 36th in a row.

Locomotive with full-size wagons.
The history of the festival throughout all the years has been quite complex and diverse. Initially, it was available only to Chinese participants, but since 1999 it has become very fast gaining popularity. Today, this fabulous world of ice and snow sculptures is open to participants from other countries, it is an international prestigious competition and a great show.

Harbin is now a very popular winter resort thanks to its ice sculpture festival.

Harbin is now a very popular winter resort thanks to its ice sculpture festival.
Harbin is one of the coldest places on Earth. Residents of this city have found a wonderful way to decorate this harsh time of the year for themselves. The ice and snow festival lasts from January 5 to February 25. This year he is dedicated to the topic “Snow-Ice Integration: Happy to Walk Together”. Sculptors are free to express themselves as they please. Here you can see a sculpture on any topic.

This year’s festival was the 36th in a row.

Thanks to this wonderful annual event, Harbin is one of the most popular winter resorts. According to China Highlights, the festival attracts up to 15 million visitors annually. This year the festival is especially grandiose – its area is equal to the area of, for example, a city such as Kazan, or two cities such as Omsk or Penza.
Without the Chinese dragon – this is not a holiday in China!

Without the Chinese dragon – this is not a holiday in China!
The construction of this magical winter fairy tale this year took 220,000 cubic meters of ice and snow. The largest sculpture is the height of a 16-story building. In order to transport, cut and sculpt the ice attracted as many as 10,000 workers!

To work on a fabulous city, 10,000 workers were involved!

To work on a fabulous city, 10,000 workers were involved!
People who decide to attend this festival have the opportunity not only to receive aesthetic pleasure from contemplating these fabulous ice sculptures, but also to participate in various winter activities. There you can ride a sleigh, play hockey, go ice-skating or skiing. For the most daring, they organize swimming competitions. In short, everyone can find something for themselves there.

Some sculptures are the size of a residential multi-story building.

Some sculptures are the size of a residential multi-story building.
The festival in China is considered a very successful and romantic place for the conclusion of marriage unions. Many lovers from all over the country go to Harbin to play a wedding there. This year 40 marriages have already been registered. So this insanely beautiful magical place also connects loving hearts.
In our other article about this fabulous festival, you can read about how Russians surprised the whole world by winning the ice sculpture competition in Harbin.

Locomotive with full-size wagons.
The history of the festival throughout all the years has been quite complex and diverse. Initially, it was available only to Chinese participants, but since 1999 it has become very fast gaining popularity. Today, this fabulous world of ice and snow sculptures is open to participants from other countries, it is an international prestigious competition and a great show.

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