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Cover Story June 17, 2004

Beauty On Ice


Snow & Ice Festival of 2003-Harbin, China


The temperature in Harbin reaches forty below zero, both Fahrenheit and centigrade, and stays below freezing nearly half the year.  The city is actually further north than notoriously cold Vladivostok, Russia, just 300 miles away.  So what does one do here every winter?  Hold an outdoor festival, of course!  Rather than suffer the cold, the residents of Harbin celebrate it, with an annual festival of snow and ice sculptures and competitions.  The above photo is of the amazing sculpture made of snow greeting visitors to the snow festival in 2003.


Snow and ice sculpture in Harbin dates back to Manchu times, but the first organized show was held in 1963, and the annual festival itself only started in 1985.  Since then, the festival has grown into a massive event, bringing in over a million tourists from all over the world every winter.  The sculptures have become more elaborate and artistic over time; this bear and cub above are just one small part of a fifty-meter-wide mural sculpture.






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