For two months every winter in Northeast China, a magical fairy tale ice world exists during the Harbin International Snow and Ice Sculptures Festival. There are miles and miles of majestic snow and ice sculptures that are often inspired by Chinese fairy tales and well-known worldwide landmarks, Now recognized as the worlds largest ice festival, it’s truly is a sight to see. The size and beauty of these snow and ice carvings is truly awesome.
The festival draws several million tourists during its January through February season and includes four different themed areas: Sun Island International Snow Sculpture Art Expo, Harbin Ice and Snow World, Songhua River Ice and Snow Harbin Valley and Zhaolin Park Ice Lantern Fair.
We know that traveling to China is expensive. And, Harbin’s often peak of 0-degree Fahrenheit in the winter makes it bone chilling cold. S,o we thought we’d save you the hassle and simply share some of the photos of the beautiful ice sculptures instead.
Sun Island International Snow Sculpture Art Expo
Known as the “world’s largest ice and snow carnival,” the Sun Island International Snow Sculpture Art Expo stretches over two months. It features a variety of cultural snow sculptures from countries throughout the world.
Harbin Ice and Snow World features Snow and Ice Sculptures
Not only is the Harbin Ice and Snow World home to many dream-like fairy tale scenes but it also features cultural activities and winter sports.
Zhaolin Park Ice Lantern Fair
While the ice lanterns were originally used by fishermen, they’ve become more of an art over the years. The Ice Lantern Fair showcases beautifully carved ice sculptures that are illuminated from the inside with colored lights.