Frigid northern China hosts snow and ice sculpture festival In this Jan. 3, 2017, photo, released by Xinhua News Agency, contestants carve ice sculptures during an international ice sculpture contest as part of the Harbin Ice and Snow festival in Harbin, capital of northeast China's Heilongjiang Province. (Wang Jianwei/Xinhua via AP/Chinatopix via AP)
Frigid northern China hosts snow and ice sculpture festival

The city of Harbin in China's frigid northeast is hosting one of the world's largest festivals, featuring ice sculptures of animals, cartoon characters and famous landmarks.
Last year, the festival drew more than a million visitors. It showcases the region's tradition of snow and ice carvings as well as ice swimming in the Songhua River. Harbin's temperatures can fall to minus 13 degrees Fahrenheit.
Harbin's best ice and snow carvers have been busy putting the finishing touches to their sculptures, which are based on big chunks of ice that are dragged out of the nearby river and carved, brushed, and lit up.
The sculptures range from animals and cartoon characters to replicas of famous world monuments and landscapes, as well as a 1,115-feet-long slide that state media say took around 500 builders to complete.
Lu Fu was helping to finish a giant ice castle on a busy roundabout in Harbin, brushing it with a small rake.
"I feel happy. Especially after completion, I feel so excited when looking at the ice wall with lights on in distance," said Lu, who has been carving ice for more than 20 years. "Ice building is the pride of Harbin people."

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Why is ice building a source of pride for the people of Harbin?
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  • irisp-ste
    1/09/2017 - 09:19 a.m.

    To the people of Harbin, ice sculpting is an activity for the city to be proud of and famous for around the world. When millions of people come to visit their creations, the city will make money and expose more of the world to their culture. Seeing so many people love their work will create a sense of proud throughout the entire community.

  • daltons1-ste
    1/09/2017 - 01:02 p.m.

    This is really beautiful. I'm glad they have something nice to enjoy during the cold. the pollution might stick to them which is kinda gross.

  • zakrym-ste
    1/10/2017 - 07:01 p.m.

    Well this is one way to make a snow day go by smoothly. I think it would be pretty cool to make sculptures out of ice. Just kidding I am not artistic.

  • jacklynt-ste
    1/12/2017 - 01:48 p.m.

    This is so cool! I always thought as a kid that ice sculptures were really interesting. I think that it is awesome how they half a festival.

  • kaileew-ste
    1/12/2017 - 01:52 p.m.

    This year, China is hosting the snow and ice sculpture festival. Last year more than one million people came to the festival. I think this would be a really cool thing to witness.

  • noahr-ste
    1/13/2017 - 01:35 p.m.

    This is really cool to see what they are doing. I just dont see the point it all melts though.