In Scandinavia we have ishoteller and ice-cream parlours, but we have entire cities made of ice?
the City of Harbin, located in Heilongjiang province, is one of the coldest areas in China, which is inhabited. The average temperature is -14 degrees in the winter, therefore, the city is the perfect place if you should want to build a city of ice and snow. And the chinese have much desire to.
For the 33. year runs Harbins International Snow and Ice Festival kicked off, and the chinese don't save on anything. Photo: Reuters / Aly Song
The main attraction to the festival is the Harbin Ice and Snow World, which covers more than 750,000 square feet and have up to 180.000 cubic meters of ice. Photo: Noel Celis / AFP
The official opening date was 5. January, and it was celebrated with a large fireworks show. Photo: Noel Celis / AFP
Over 10,000 people working to build the festival. Photo: Reuters / Aly Song
At the beginning of december to start with to chop the ice out of the frozen river Songhua. When the blocks of ice, so that is in place, isskulpturerne be cut out. Photo: Reuters / Aly Song
Visitors in front of one of the great ice sculptures. Photo: Noel Celis / AFP
the Festival also features several of the traditions. Among other things, bunkebryllup and svømmekonkurrencer. Photo: Noel Celis / AFP
Although there is an average temperature of -14 degrees, so vinterbader many in the river Songhua.
the Couple stand in the queue for a bunkebryllup at the opening of the festival. Photo: Noel Celis / AFP
the Festival lasts to around the end of February depending on weather conditions. Photo: Reuters / Aly Song