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Ice festival graces Harbin

01-18-2011 09:50 BJT Special Report:2011 Harbin Snow and Ice Festival |

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There's a new Spring Festival tradition being established in China's chilly northeast. Tourists are flocking to the world's biggest ice wonderland found in Heilongjiang province. This year the 600,000 square meter site boasts 10 theme parks and 50 life size buildings - all constructed from ice.

Fairy tale palaces and towering pagodas all carved from ice are among the sights at this year's Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival.

"Dream World" and "Fairytale Kingdom" are the main themes this year, and organizers say they've used thousands of extra lasers and LED lights to add a touch of fairytale magic to the ice park.

Now in it's 27th year, the event attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the world.

Organizers say they are expecting 1.2 million people between now and the end of February when the festival will melt away for another year.

Fairy tale palaces and towering pagodas all carved from ice are among the
sights at this year's Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival.
(File photo)

Li Min, Tourist, said, "These ice castles and world famous buildings are quite special and creative. They make me feel like I am in a fairytale world."


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