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China’s Harbin turns into winter wonderland ahead of international ice festival

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor January 5, 2019 12:14

China’s Harbin turns into winter wonderland ahead of international ice festival

Excitement was brewing in the northern Chinese city of Harbin as the wintery city geared up for the world’s largest snow and ice festival.

As many as 2019 individually decorated snowmen lined up along the frozen Songhua River, a highlight for visitors, a day ahead of the official event opening.

At the main festival venue, where elaborate icy castles tower high, artists and workers applied the finishing touches to their masterpieces.

Tourists from across the country flock to Harbin for the annual month-long festival, which also features an ice swimming competition, ice sculpture contest and mass weddings, for a glimpse of the winter wonderland.

“It’s like Disneyland in winter,” said 22-year-old Lin Renlong. The main venue, the Harbin Ice-Snow World, hosts a number of different festival events each year.

The theme park spans over 600,000 square metres, and is made up of 110,000 cubic metres of ice pulled from the nearby river and 120,000 cubic metres of snow.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor January 5, 2019 12:14

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