Sculptures of Harbin snow and ice Festival

The festival of sculptures of ice and snow in Harbin, in Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival English (Chinese 哈尔滨国际冰雪节, pinyin: Hā'ěrbīn Guójì Bīngxuě Jié) is an international festival dedicated to the sculptures of snow and ice that has been held annually since 1963. It was interrupted during the Cultural Revolution to continue in 1985.


Harbin, capital of the province of Heilongjiang of the People's Republic of China, is one of the cultural capitals of ice and snow in the world. The city is located in Northeast China under the influence of the harsh Siberian Winter. The average temperature in winter is - 16, 8 ° C and 21.2 ° C in summer, although it can reach extreme winter temperatures of up to - 38.1 ° C.
The festival begins officially on 5 January and lasts a month, however, if time permits, the festival starts earlier and extends beyond the official closing date. The technology used for the production of sculptures is very varied, and ranges from modern laser to the traditional ice Lantern.
During the dates of the festival other popular activities include Alpine skiing in Yabuli, Winter swimming in the Songhua River and the sample of ice in Zhaolin garden lanterns.
The Harbin festival is one of the 4 largest in the world next to the Snow Festival in Sapporo, in Japan, the Carnaval de Québec and the Norway Ski Festival.
In the 2007 edition of the sculpture of snow in the world, with a size of 250 meters in length and with a volume of 13,000 cubic meters of snow was recorded in the Guinness book. The work consisted of two parts, the Niagara Falls and the "crossing of the of Bering Strait" (illustrating the migration of the First Nations of Canada).


Motorsierras are used to carve the blocks of ice from the surface of the Shongua River. chisels, spikes of ice and various other types of saws. You can also use deionized water to achieve greater transparency sculptures. It is also common to use multicolored lights with what WINS in spectacular, especially at night. Some of the reasons made in the last few years have been buildings of different countries and styles or mystical, human or animal figures.

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