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International Snow Sculpture Art Expo in Harbin, China

International Snow Sculpture Festival In Harbin

Harbin, Feb 27 Uitv/Xinhua -- Tourists visit a snow sculpture at the 27th International Snow Sculpture Art Expo in Harbin, capital of northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, Jan. 6, 2015.
Harbin Ice and Snow Festival, the largest in the world, is mainly composed of two venues – Harbin Ice and Snow World and Harbin Sun Island. Harbin Sun Island has annually sponsored Harbin Sun Island International Snow Sculpture Art Expo ever since 1988. Sculptures change annually, not what you see in the pictures here.

Sun Island International Snow Sculpture Art Expo is an important part of the world-famous Harbin Ice and Snow International Festival. The Sun Island Snow Sculpture is often regarded as the largest snow carnival in the world. Planning your Harbin tour, Sun Island Snow Festival should be on your sightseeing list.
The snow sculpture art expo officially starts on Jan, 05 and lasts about 60-70 days each year together with Harbin Ice and Snow World.
Not far from each other, a visit to Sun Island Snow Sculpture is coupled with a tour of Harbin Ice and Snow World, which are connected by a public double-deck bus no. 29. The bus no.29 also brings you to Zhongyang Street, the most renown European style street oft-lauded as the Architecture Museum in China.
Sculptures change annually, not what you see in the pictures here.

Snow sculptors can be seen still putting the final touches on the huge snow works of arts.

Basically each Sun Island snow expo has a dominant sculpture. Each year has a major theme for sculpture works of art and in the year 2015 was known as “绽放”,literally “Bursting into life”, a huge snow carving over 160 meters long and 39 meters high, which was one of the largest snow works of art for the past snow expos.

Actually the dominant sculpture was a large piece of snow carving arts based on several phases of snow carving which can bring to visitors different visual enjoyments and unique snow carving experience.

The dominant “绽放” sculpture was a group of sculptures with Russian and Chinese elements – Russian buildings, holy snow, white swans, Longjiang Dragon,etc. This major sculpture was aimed at the booming development of Heilongjiang and China as a whole.

                                                The Dominant “绽放” sculpture

The biggest breakthrough that year was the creative blend of Chinese calligraphy and snow engraving. Chinese traditional paintings and calligraphy were innovatively mixed, creating a new form of arts.

                                                Chinese calligraphy and Snow Garden

A special snow garden is allocated for showing the new form of arts – Chinese calligraphy and snow carving. The snow-walled garden was rife with Chinese traditional Chinese culture – blur-color vases, writing and painting on the snow walls, and snow engraving on the walls as well.

                  Chinese Traditional Painting of Galloping Horses Done On The Snow Wall

Chinese traditional painting of galloping horses done on the snow wall.

                                   Chinese painting of shrimps done on the snow wall


                                                       The Snow Village

The Snow Village opposite the dominant “绽放” sculpture was typical of a Northern China village in snow season.

                                          A close-up view of the door front of a village house.

A close-up view of the door front of a village house.
The whole island was scattered with snow carvings which mainly fall into three categories – Sculptures by Expo Snow Artists; sculptures selected from College competitions and finally from the national competitions.
Let’s have a glimpse of the sculptures done by the expo snow artists.

                                                 The winged Victory of Samothrace
The sculpture named “Peace”.
The winged Victory of Samothrace which washolding an olive branch and spreading wings, shows people’s expectation for peace.

                                                              Ark of Happiness

Ark of Happiness

                                                          Kingdom of Minions
Kingdom of Minions

                                                        The Gift of the Apple                       

The Gift of the Apple

Suggestions:  Hassle-free Harbin Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Harbin:
Harbin China Snow Town 2 Day Tour from US$ 289p/p
Harbin Yabuli China Snow Town 4 Day Tour from US$ 579p/p