Largest Snow and Ice Festival in the World
Want to feel winter with snow and see buildings from ice sculptures? January is the right time to fly to Heilongjiang Province in China. The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, which was named the world’s largest ice and snow festival, was officially opened. With an area of 600,000 square meters, visitors can see 100 iconic buildings from 12 countries made of ice at this festival. The entire ice building is obtained from the cold water of the Songhua River in winter.
It took 110,000 cubic meters of ice and 120,000 cubic meters of snow to make the entire building in the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival.
In addition to buildings of ice, visitors can also see giant Buddha statues made from 4,500 cubic meters of ice, 3D light shows reflected in the ice building, and a 340 meter long artificial aurora borealis.
To enter the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, a fee of 330 RMB is equivalent to Rp. 700,000. Around the location of the festival there are also many free activities, such as making snowmen of various sizes and shapes beside the river. The target is 2,019 snowmen who want to be made.
Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival was first held in 1985, inspired by Heilongjiang regional traditional lanterns made from ice and then put on ice. Besides the International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, another world-famous ice festival is the Sapporo Snow Festival in Japan, Canada’s Quebec Winter Carnival and Norway’s Holmenkollen Ski Festival.