The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival begins from January 5th and last for a month long. The city Harbin is situated in Northern China, which directly influenced with cold wind from Siberia. Its average temperature is 21.2 degree Celsius in summer and -16.8 degree Celsius in winter. Due to its very lowest temperature in winter, the ice and snow carving and sculpturing festive occurs every year since 1963.
The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival is fourth largest ice and snow carving and sculpturing festival after Sapporo’s Snow Festival of Japan, Quebec City Winter Carnival of Canada and Ski Festival of Norway’s.
The other events of this festival are winter swimming competition in Songhua River, ice-lantern exhibition in Zhaolin Garden and Yabuli International Skiing. The sculptures were made up of ices taken from Songhua River; which cuts through a swing saws and chisels. The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival is famous world widely due to its gentle and disciplinary event organizing.
You can see some of the marvelous photographs taken by Harbin Institute of Technology during 2004 festival. It is not only a local or national festival of China, but also an integrated festival for international exchange. The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival is also performed and participated by sculpture experts, fans and artist from various countries; such as Japan, Canada, America, and Russia.