Harbin International Snow and Ice Festival,one of the world's top 4 ice and snow festivals, will be held from January 5thto February 17th, 2011 in Harbin, the capital of HeilongjiangProvince in northeast China.
Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival opening night last year
The 42-day festival is a real festival for locals,but a great winter gala for home visitors and overseas tourists to enjoy thespecial art, culture, sightseeing, sport events created on snow and ice. Whatmakes the festival more joyful is that it covers other three important Chinesefestivals, namely the New Year Festival, the Spring Festival and the LanternFestival. Traditional celebrative activities have been prepared and arrangedduring the snow and ice festival.
Themed on "Ice & Snow Fun and CityPassion", this year's snow and ice festival is characterized with four sub-themehighlights.
The famous Central Street of Harbin A nostalgic village hub in the suburb
To make Harbin a city of snow and icewonders, the municipal government erects hundreds of snow sculptures all overthe city and dresses main streets, buildings and the riversides of Songhua Riverwith neon lights and other decorative lighting. Once visitors wander inside thecity, they will feel like traveling in a real fairyland of colors and snow& ice artifacts.
Chinese style ice architecture A well-sculpted Islamic snow pagoda
Take a sled ride as the locals do. A little girl learning skiing with her grandma
To make the festival an actual festival tocitizens and tourists, the host has scheduled a series of enjoyable programssuch as a snow-splashing festival at the Sun Island, a skating gathering at the hugeice valley near the Songhua River, open field skiing races at the Volga Manor,a snow carnival at the Beidahuang Farm.
China's First Ice & Snow Festival The crystal palace inside the Disney Park
The host has been working with thewell-known American Disney Company to build a world class ice Disney Park in Harbin.Meanwhile, an Italian corporate is helping construct a beautiful Snow Paradiseon the Sun Island.
Enjoy skiing in Harbin A snow house, a cute piece of snow artic architecture
With famous skiing places like Yabuli Skiing Base,Mao'ershan (Hat Mountain) Skiing Base, Pingshan Skiing Base, Harbin is trying to make itself asecond-to-none skiing destination. With the amazing sculptural works made ofsnow & ice, international fashion shows, brilliant northern China cultures andlong-held local traditions, the city is said deserving the title of "A Land ofArts".
Takea Harbin tour for your winter holiday to savor the irresistible local delights now.