How does a winter wonderland look? While the image each of us has of it will surely vary, none of it would be as unique and bewitching as the winter wonderland created by the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival.
Annually held in China, this also claims the title of being the largest of its kind, since it started in December 1999. While it has now become an international sensation, this was initially popular only among the Chinese. When you browse through the following mesmerizing photos of the festival, you’ll realize that this place deserves the international popularity it enjoys.
Harbin is considered an area that is extremely cold. However, the residents of the city were able to convert this biting cold climate into something that is happily embraced and enjoyed by everyone alike.
Having been holding these festivals for over 36 years, annually attracting around 15 million visitors, this act can be seen as their way of celebrating their way of life.
While this year’s festival started on January 5th, it was themed “Ice Snow Integration, Happy to Go Together”. The sculpture that measured 150 feet was the tallest there, and around 10,000 workers are required to complete such massive structures.
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