Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival is the official name of the largest festival of snow and ice. It was founded in 1963, it is held in the province of Heilongjiang in northern China where cold Siberian wind contributes to the average temperature of -25°C.
Originally it focused only on Chinese population but the huge interest is now international. Only in 2017 it attracted 18 million visitors from all over the world.
The festival takes place in four amusement parks. It constitutes a large series of not only breath-taking ice sculptures, but also of ancillary activities and experiences. It was held from 5. 1. to 5. 2. 2019.
This year´s 35th festival boasted 110,000 m³ of ice and 120,000 m³ of snow.
Artists from 12 countries presented their sculptures in a traditional, annual competition.
The largest ice sculptures are here: Burj Khalifa and Pepsi machine on ice
The brilliant "frozen" city through which you can freely walk, use a horse-drawn sleigh, or hire a bike with skis, offered fascinating replicas of palaces and buildings. Among the absolute top features ranks the incandescent gigantic illuminated ice castle, the American icon of animated world, Disneyland, over which you could observe welcome fireworks, or the famous luxury skyscraper, reaching the heavens, Burj Khalifa. Also, there is a Harbin versions of the famous Italian Colosseum, which was absolutely breath-taking, particularly when it was built during a single day!
Some statues were associated with the brand name of Pepsi, an oversize Pepsi ice machine. The snow statues didn´t lag behind, such as one built according to a multiplayer online mobile game "Arena of Valor." Also, the 340-metre-long ice slide with the theme of North light offered luxurious entertainment. A lot of attention, too, was attracted by a 24-metre long luxury ice train, which only lacked a conductor with a whistle round his neck, announcing departure.