Ice, snow festival opens in China

Beijing, Jan 5 (IANS) A winter festival featuring all things related to ice and snow opened in Harbin, capital of China’s Heilongjiang province, on Tuesday.

The three-month long festival boasts of more than 100 ice and snow events, covering tourism, culture, trade, sports and fashion, Xinhua news agency reported.

In addition to an ice-themed fun fair and ice sculptures, visitors can participate in a parade, enjoy winter fishing, get married in or take a dip in the hot springs.

The festival is spread out over 800,000 sq.metres and contains more than 330,000 cubic metres of snow and ice.

This year’s festival will feature a 51-metre tall crown of ice and snow, the tallest and heaviest structure of its kind, officials said.

LED lights line the streets, lakes and parks, creating a welcoming, festive atmosphere in Harbin.

More than 100 foreign artists will compete in the ice sculpture and LED lighting design competitions.

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