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Contributor: Xinhua News Agency
Friday, December 28 2018 - 22:48
AsiaNet
China's Ice City Harbin to Hold World-class Ice & Snow Carnival
HARBIN, China, Dec. 28, 2018 /Xinhua-AsiaNet/--

China's Ice City Harbin will hold a world-class ice & snow carnival to welcome 
the New Year. Audience will see grand buildings that are built by crystal clear 
ice cubes with colorful lights placed inside, such as the Chinese-style tower 
of five blessings, the snow-capped broken bridge, the scenery of Suzhou, the 
imperial palace, the world's largest Gothic Milan church, the Colosseum, the 
European castle gate, etc.

These splendid scenes will be staged when the city of Harbin embraces the New 
Year, as the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival set to open on January 
5. This year marks the 35th anniversary of the establishment of the festival, 
China's first ice-themed global event. It is also known as one of the world's 
four major snow festivals with the Sapporo Snow Festival in Japan, the Quebec 
Winter Carnival in Canada and the Holmenkollen Ski Festival in Norway. The ice 
and snow buildings here are even more grand and beautiful, presenting a 
Hollywood-style visual feast, according to the Information Office of Harbin 
Municipality.

Harbin is a regional center city in Northeast Asia and a center for cooperation 
with Russia. It was once a hub along the Chinese Eastern Railway and gathered 
many overseas Chinese. At the beginning of the 20th century, more than 160,000 
expatriates from 33 countries stayed there, with 19 countries setting up 
consulates in the city. Harbin was then known as "Oriental Paris" thanks to the 
integration of Chinese and overseas cultures.

Harbin is also known as the "Ice City" due to its freezing winter. The main 
stream of the Songhua River passes through the city, making the river's banks 
the ideal gathering places for the Harbin people and the love for ice and snow 
activities part of the city's gene. Local people used to spontaneously freeze 
ice lamps in buckets, contributing to the birth of the city's winter 
extravaganza. When walking out of the house on winter mornings, one might 
suddenly spot these gifts made with ice and snow at the corner of each street.

Every January, the city is ignited by the strong passion for the ice and snow 
festival. Domestic and foreign tourists from all over the world gather in 
Harbin's "the Pearl on the Crown of Ice & Snow". The professional ice and snow 
sculpture competitions participated by world-renowned professional teams, 
college students and snow lovers have always been the focus of attention. 
Tourists will flood into the snow sculpture region, lingering in the whimsy of 
ice and snow works, even participating in the creation. Poets here will praise 
the ice and snow with phrases. The city will be basking in music after melody 
is added. The festival also attracts a lot of photographers who try not to miss 
every touching moment of the events, even unaware that their shoes have been 
stuck in the snow for a long time.

The 24th Winter Olympic Games will be held in China in 2022. Winter Olympics 
champions Shen Xue, Zhao Hongbo and Zhang Hong are all born in Harbin. The city 
also hosted the Winter Universiade and the Asian Winter Games, the first city 
in China to host world-class winter sports events.

In Harbin, ordinary people's enthusiasm for ice and snow sports is no less than 
that for professional competition. During the festival, people can enjoy many 
international-level events such as skiing, ice hockey, curling and other winter 
sports. Meanwhile, families will organize skating, snow football and outdoor 
fun games. Those who are bold enough and well prepared can jump into the winter 
swimming pool in the Songhua River. People can also carry a snowboard, bring 
their friends, and go to the Yabuli Ski Resort to feel the thrill of the race.

At the New Year's Eve event in Harbin Ice-Snow World, tourists can watch the 
e-sports competition during the day, and join the New Year's ice and light 
festival with dazzling DJ performance and fireworks to embrace the coming New 
Year. Everyone is welcome to Harbin to experience the magic and charm of ice 
and snow.

SOURCE: The Information Office of Harbin Municipality 

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