Colossal Snow And Ice Sculptures Of The 2019 Harbin International Snow Sculpture Art Expo


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As the birthplace of China’s ice and snow sculpture art and the first of its kind in China, Harbin Sun Island International Snow Sculpture Art Expo is an important part of the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival as well as one of the hottest attractions of Harbin tour. Charactered by a long exhibition period (60-70 days), high quality, new content, large scale and a lot of entertaiment, the expo is also known as “The world’s largest ice and snow carnival”. Continue reading »

Group Wedding Ceremony in Harbin

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A newly wed couple jumps to pose for their wedding photographs after their group wedding ceremony which was held as part of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province January 6, 2015. The wedding ceremony was organised by the city government and 11 couples from China, Russia and Egypt participated in the ceremony. (Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)
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The Harbin Ice Swimming Competition

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A swimmer reacts after finishing his competition in a pool carved into thick ice covering the Songhua River during the Harbin Ice Swimming Competition in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province January 5, 2015. The swimming competition was held on the official launch day of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival. (Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)
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The 31st Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival

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Visitors walk past a train-shaped ice sculpture ahead of the 31st Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province, January 4, 2015. The winter festival will be officially opened on January 5, 2015. (Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)
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The 16th Harbin Ice and Snow World

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Workers polish a snow sculpture ahead of the 16th Harbin Ice and Snow World in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, December 22, 2014. The 16th Harbin Ice and Snow World will be officially opened on January 5, 2015. (Photo by Reuters/Stringer)
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Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival


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The 30th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in China’s Heilongjiang province opened Jan. 5 and lasts for weeks, drawing Chinese and foreign visitors. Nearly 10,000 people were involved in making the sculptures, which are fashioned from huge ice blocks cut from a local frozen river and blocks of man-made snow, and made to resemble huge buildings, snow maidens and other structures, some of them lit up fancifully at night. Continue reading »

Robot Restaurant in Harbin, China

A restaurant in downtown Harbin, China, employs 20 robots instead of humans that cook, serve and entertain its guests. The restaurant opened in June 2012 and has since become a novelty spot in Heilongjiang province’s capital.

When a diner walks in, an usher robot extends their mechanic arm to the side and says “Earth person hello. Welcome to the Robot Restaurant”. Patrons can then place their order, which is relayed by humans to one of the four robot chefs who are able to cook various styles of dumplings and noodles. Once the dish is prepared, a robot waiter, which runs along tracks on the floor, carries it from kitchen to table. Prepared dishes are placed on a suspended conveyor belt and when the plate reaches the right table the mechanical arms lift it off and set it down. As they eat, a singing robot entertains diners. (Sheng Li/Reuters/CNET) Continue reading »

18 Couples Say ‘I Do’ at China’s Harbin Ice and Snow Festival 2012

About 18 couples from Nigeria, Russia and China tied the knots in a freezing cold of minus 20 degrees during a group wedding ceremony at the Chinese city of Harbin Friday. The ceremony, organized by the city government, was part of the 28th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival 2012, which opened Jan. 5. The show will be on for the next three months.

The group wedding ceremony has been a crucial part of the festival and has seen hundreds of couples exchanging vows since the inception of the ice show in 1985.

A man lifts his wife in front of a snow sculpture after a group wedding ceremony as part of the 28th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, Heilongjiang province Jan. 6, 2012. (REUTERS/Sheng Li) Continue reading »

Harbin Ice and Snow Festival 2012: Spectacular Sculptures Pierce China’s Skies

Fairy tale palaces, towering pagodas and skyscrapers — all carved from ice — are among the sights at the 28th annual Harbin Ice and Snow Festival.

The festival, one of the world’s largest, officially opens January 5 and lasts for a month. People from across China and overseas are drawn to the unique visions of an international roster of sculptors who illuminate their creations with multicolored lights encased in the translucent ice. The sculptures and buildings are built from ice blocks cut from the frozen surface of the nearby Songhua river.

The festival attracts about 800,000 visitors each year to Harbin, one of China’s coldest cities, located in the northeast province of Heilongjiang, where the mercury in January often creeps below minus four degrees Fahrenheit.

Visitors view buildings made from blocks of ice for the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival on Wednesday, January 4, 2012. (Andy Wong/Associated Press) Continue reading »

Light it up! Harbin Ice and Snow Festival

A horse-drawn carriage passes by ice sculptures during the light-testing period of the 13th Harbin Ice and Snow World in Harbin, China, Dec. 25. The Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival will be officially launched on January 5, 2012. (Sheng Li / Reuters)

If this picture leaves you wanting more, check out the images from last year’s Harbin Ice and Snow World below. Continue reading »