Ice sculptures are common in wedding parties and other occasions, but nothing you’ve seen before can compare to the ones displayed every year in the city of Harbin in China. While the place is cursed with terrible winters, the tough locals have managed to make the most of it.
A typical winter in Harbin, northern China, would see temperatures go as low as 2°F (that’s –19°C). Strong, cold winds blow in from Siberia, making almost everything freeze over. But the residents of the city keep themselves busy for several weeks during the winter season, hosting the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival.
The incredible sculptures are made out of massive blocks of ice pulled from the local Songhua River and lit up with colorful LED lights.
The Harbin Ice Sculpture Festival has been held every year since it started in 1985, and is now considered one of the largest displays of ice structures in the world. Several tourists take a winter holiday to Harbin to witness the beauty of the delightful paradise of ice and snow.
Sculptures ranging in size from the tiniest to the largest can be seen at the event, including models of famous streets, buildings and people in the world.
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