The annual International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, conducted since 1963, he repeatedly interrupted the Cultural Revolution, but in 1985 the festival resumed. Harbin - the capital of Heilongjiang Province in northeast China. Officially, the festival kicked off on January 5 and will last more than a month. Festival in Harbin - one of the four largest ice and snow festivals in the world, the other three are in Japan, Canada and Norway.
The annual ice festival this year, an area that resembles the size of a small town. In the city there is a fantastic ice slides, mazes, pagodas, palaces and traditional magic to the appearance of the house, and the entrance is designed as a giant arches.
All the buildings are decorated with colorful ice illuminated, and all power cords carefully isolated in a special tube and sealing pipe joints made with all safety regulations in these unusual structures. Many of the buildings constructed of ice are exact replicas of famous architectural structures.
By the way, Harbin is one of the northern cities of China and is in close proximity to the border with Russia. In this time of year in Harbin is cold enough, and the average winter temperature can drop to -30 ° C.
Ice for the construction of ice structures and shapes cut out of ice blocks that were cut from the Songhua River of missed, located near the site of the construction of the ice. Sungurov the northernmost river in China's Jilin Province and is the largest tributary of the Amur.
The opening is timed to the beginning of "Winter Festival", which the Chinese are conducted annually for several decades in a row and each year attracts a large number of not only locals but also tourists from all over the world. Everybody can not only admire from afar, but a walk through the streets of the city of ice.