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Breathtaking photos show world’s largest snow and ice festival: China

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In fact, for the last 36 years, the community has embraced its frigid identity and invited people from around the globe to experience it for themselves with its famed International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival.

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Millions of people will visit the International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in Harbin.

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Billed as the world’s largest winter festival, according to organizers, the ice and snow sculpture festival is truly a sight to behold. The festival, which kicks off each year on January 5, typically stays up for several months, allowing millions of curious travelers to pass through.

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It was first started in 1985.

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Source: IceFestivalHarbin

While it may seem like a lot of people, it’s okay, as the entire sculpture show takes over a massive 600,000-square-meter space.

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Two venues are purpose built to be viewed at night, and one for the day.

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The tallest sculpture in the display touches the sky at a whopping 150 feet.

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International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival is supposedly the largest winter festival.

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And, to complete all this art, some 10,000 workers are brought in to cut, haul, and sculpt the ice.

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The festival space sprawls over 600,000 square meters.

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The event, first celebrated in 1985 and inspired by Heilongjiang’s traditional lanterns, is made up of three different venues.

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Less than $50 will get you a ticket to the winter event.

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Those venues, China Highlights explains, are the Zhaolin Park Ice Lantern Festival venue, the Ice and Snow World venue, and the snow sculptures on Sun Island.

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The city of Harbin has turned used its cold climate into an advantage.

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Sun Island displays all the daytime snow sculptures while the other two areas display sculptures meant to be viewed in the evening when they are lit up with colorful displays and truly come to life.

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When the sun goes down, the colorful ice sculptures come to life.

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Entrance to the event costs about $48, however, CNN reported there are many free events to take advantage of around town, too.

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This year marks the festival’s 36th birthday.

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Source: CNN

If you’re planning to visit the park this winter you may want to act fast.

Harbin Ice Festival 2020

The show uses 10,000 workers to cut, move, and shape the ice.

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According to The Washington Post, it’s expected to be warmer than usual in the region over the next few weeks, with temperatures in the teens during the day and hitting just below zero at night.

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Snow sculptures are shown on the Sun Island venue during the day.

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Source: The Washington Post



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