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Harbin ice and snow sculpture festival

Harbin ice and snow sculpture festival

The annual Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival is Harbin's main tourist highlight. It started about 17 years ago, and has become the world's biggest winter festival. The bitterly cold winters are just right for this festival.

At first, mainly Chinese participated, but in the last decade, it has become an international festival and competition. As the festival grows in international participation, and as China's economy grows, the size of the snow sculptures and ice architecture exhibits keeps growing. The work going into making these exhibits is astounding, and their size and beauty is amazing.