News and Travel Editor
The world famous Harbin Ice Festival is well underway in China’s northernmost province, Heilongjiang. We have been treated to some spectacular sights in the past and this year is no exception. Check out some of the stunning shots captured at this year’s festival so far.
This is the 33rd Harbin Ice Festival since its inception in 1963. At the start of every festival, an ice sculpture competition is held, showcasing some brilliant creations. Although the Harbin Ice Sculpture Competition is over for this year, the festival itself won’t finish until February 25th, so there’s still plenty of time to take in the sights across the 200 acre park.
Here are our favourite images so far of this year’s festival.
Fireworks erupt at the opening ceremony on January 5th.
Did you know that many of the blocks used for the sculptures were taken from Harbin’s Songhua River?
Did you double take just then? That’s right, some of the sculptures are actually designed into slides for the public. Just make sure you’re wrapped up warm for this one…
Many of the sculptures are inspired by Chinese folk tales and global landmarks. with the Egyptian Sphynx making regular appearances.
The Harbin Snow Festival has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. The festival attracted over 1 million visitors last year.
18 couples have so far braved the cold in Harbin to get married, but that’s not the most daring this to happen at the festival this year…
Swimming competitions take place in a pool cut out of the frozen Songhua River. Just looking at this makes me feel cold.