The annual festival officially takes place from 5 to 5 February. Before the opening ceremony, however, there are some attractions, including the most popular of all – the Harbin Ice and Snow World, whose ice blocks were pulled from nearby Songhua River.
In addition to the gigantic illuminated ice castles, there is an exquisite Snow Buddha statue (made from more than 4,500 square meters of snow). a 3D light show and the 340-meter long slides shaped by northern lights.
Visitors can also see works by sculptors from 12 different countries, all participating in an annual competition.
There are many too Until the end of February, you can enjoy free activities here, including 2,019 snowmen of various shapes and sizes built along the river.
First celebrated in 1985, the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival was inspired by the traditional Latongnes of Heilongjiang, carved out of ice and lit by candles.
The 359th anniversary in 2019 is today considered one of the best winter festivals in the world and belongs to the ranks of the Sapporo Snow Festival in Japan. Canada's winter carnival in Quebec and Norway's Holmenkollen Ski Festival.