Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival

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The 30th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival opened on January 5 in China’s Heilongjiang Province.

The festival will last for over a month, depending on weather, and is expected to attract more than a million visitors from all over the world.

According to organisers, over 180,000 square-metres of ice and 150,000 square-metres of snow were used in constructing the winter wonderland.

A team of almost 10, 000 people were involved in creating the sculptures on display, which are carved from huge ice blocks cut from a local frozen river.

The carvings are made to resemble huge buildings, famous international landmarks and snow maidens and many are lit up fancifully at night.

The festival features a gigantic 240-metre-long ice slide, an ice replica of Rome’s Colosseum as well as a loving tribute to Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman’s globe-trotting rubber duck.

The highlight of this year’s display is a towering replica of the Hallgrimskirkja Church in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Festival organiser’s said the tribute to the Icelandic structure was made with 12,000 metres of ice and it currently stands as the tallest ice sculpture in China (being an impressive 46 metres-tall).

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Images courtesy: TheTelegraph

Morgan Oss is many things - media student, bookworm, day dreamer and a chronic sufferer of the travel bug. She lives in Brisbane, Australia.

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