Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Harbin Ice Festival

Global Warming hasn't hit Harbin, in northern China, just yet. This year they are continuing their annual tradition of the Harbin Ice Festival.

I got an email from a friend, with a dozen or more photos attached, showing some of the ice and snow sculptures from the festival, though the email didn't say what year those sculptures were on display. Here are just a few:






Photo credits unknown

The dragon picture gives the best look at the way the ice sculptures are done. Ice blocks are made and attached and then carved. It's incredible what they do with solid water.

The park in Harbin where the Festival is held becomes a city of ice, with buildings to walk through and statues to look at, and it's all lit up at night. Each year gets more elaborate than the past. More photos can be found through these links:

R. Todd King's photos of the 2003 show

R. Todd King's photos of the 2005 show

China Daily's slideshow of the 2007 show, including some construction scenes

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow! Those ice sculptures are amazing!!

SkyePuppy said...

Rene,

I hope you took a look at some of the links, because they show the Festival at night. It's mind-boggling the way they light them up.

I'm glad you stopped by.

susan said...

dear Skype Puppy:

Have you've been there in person? you can breathe and your breath freezes instantly, cause it is built over 6 feet of ice. It's amazing @ night, and sometimes they have ice mazes...crazy, but true, that's one maze you don't want to get caught in. There is also a 18 foot sleigh ride that goes fast!

SkyePuppy said...

Susan,

No, I've never been there. It looks breathtaking.