|Harbin Ice and Snow Festival|
Harbin Ice Festival provides the visitors each year a whole new world of ice and snow. The 31st Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival will be held from January 5, 2015 and last for over one month. The best collections of ice artworks were exhibited in the following five main places:
Ice and Snow World
Ice Lantern Garden Party
Sun Island Scenic Area
Yabuli International Ski Resort
The Festival, established in 1985, is held annually from January 5 and lasts for over one month. Harbin is the capital city of Heilongjiang Province and this is China's original and greatest ice artwork festival, attracting hundreds of thousands of local people and visitors from all over the world.
The city's location in northeast China accounts for its arctic climate which provides abundant natural ice and snow. Subsequently, the 'Ice City' of Harbin is recognized as the cradle of ice and snow art in China and is famous for its exquisite and artistic ice and snow sculptures. The fabulous Ice Lantern Festival was the forerunner of the current festival and is still the best loved part of the overall event in the opinion of all who go to that city each year.
The Derivation of the Ice Lantern
From then on, people made ice lanterns and put them outside their houses or gave them to children to play with during some of the traditional festivals. Thus the ice lantern began its long history of development. With novel changes and immense advancement in techniques, today we can marvel at the various delicate and artistic ice lanterns on display.
Today's Ice Lantern
Nowadays, ice lantern in broad sense refers to a series of plastic arts using ice and snow as raw material combining ice artworks with colored lights and splendid music. The specific patterns of ice lantern include sculptures, ice flowers, ice architectures and so on.
The Sun Island Park is the site of the Snow Sculpture Exposition displaying a wonderful snow world. It has the world's largest indoor ice and snow art museum and it opens to the public from November every year.
Ice and Snow World came into being in 1999 and is one of the world's largest ice architecture parks. The inspiration for the ice and snow sculptures there usually is derived from traditional Chinese fairy tales or world famous architectures such as the Great Wall, the Egyptian Pyramids, etc.
|Ice and Snow Festival in Zhaolin Park|
Today, the Ice Festival is not only an exposition of ice and snow art, but also an annual cultural event for international exchange. Every year, there are many ice sculpture experts, artists and fans from America, Canada, Japan, Singapore, Russia, China, etc. gathering in this city to participate ice sculpting competitions and to communicate with each other in the ice and snow world. Also, Harbin ice lanterns have been exhibited in most of China's main cities as well as in many countries in Asia, Europe, North America, Africa and Oceania. For more than 40 years, the city's local natural resource of ice and snow has been fully explored to provide joy and fun for visitors to the city. Now during the festival, many sporting competitions are also popular including ice-skating, sledding and so on. Weddings, parties and other entertainments are now very much a feature of this ice world, adding their own contribution to the celebrations of this great festival of art, culture, sports and tourism.
|Admission Fee:||Sun Island Park |
(Snow Sculpture Art Exposition)
|Ice and Snow World||Zhaolin Park |
(Ice Lantern Garden Party )
CNY 240 for adults
09:00 – 12:00
CNY150 per adult
Free for the elderly over 70 years old with a valid proof
|Opening Time:||from Jan. 5th, 2015 to the end of Feb. 2015||from Jan. 5th, 2015 to the end of Feb. 2015||from Jan. 5th, 2015 to the end of Feb. 2015|
|Bus Route:||29, 80, 85, 88||88, 125,126||8, 53, 74, 83, 113, 114, 206|
Harbin Bus Search
The 31st Ice and Snow Festival Highlights (2015)
It will fall upon January 5th, 2015 and last till the end of February, 2015, covering three important Chinese festivals – New Year’s Day, Spring Festival and Lantern Festival. Based on the theme of “Ice-snow Fascinating Harbin, Charming Chinese Dream”, a variety of activities about ice and snow, concerning tourism, culture, fashion, the economy and trade and sports, will welcome all tourists. People can enjoy beautiful ice sculptures and snow arts in the Sun Island Scenic Area, Ice and Snow World, Zhaolin Park and Central Street. In addition, St. Sophia Church, Harbin Polarland and Songhua River are also worth a visit during the festival.
☆ 2014 activities schedule for your reference:
|Art||The 20th National Snow Sculpture Competition||Dec. 20th~23rd, 2013||Sun Island Snow Expo|
|The 6th International College Students Snow Sculpture Competition – Inspiration Snow Dream||Jan. 4th~7th, 2014||Harbin Engineering University|
|The 28th International Ice Sculpture Competition||Jan. 6th~8th, 2014||Zhaolin Park|
|Culture||The 30th Group Wedding Ceremony on the Ice||Jan. 2nd,, 2014||Jiangbei Harbin Wanda Cultural and Tourism Plaza|
|The 7th International Adolescent and Children Variety Competition Around||Jan. 20th, 2014||Youth Palace|
|The 26th Hundred-Flower Dance Contest of senior people||Jan. 10th~15th, 2014||People’s Stadium|
|The 18th International Book Fair Around||Jan. 1st~3rd, 2014||Nangang Xinhua Book Store|
|Tourism||The 15th Ice & Snow Anime International Expo||Dec. 30th, 2013 for trail operation and officially opening on Jan. 5th, 2014 till the end of Feb. 2014||Ice and Snow World|
|China Youth Spring Festival Network Gala||Jan. 15th~17th, 2014||Ice and Snow World|
|The 26th Sun Island Snow Sculpture Art Exposition||Dec. 20th, 2013 for trail operation and officially opening on Jan. 5th, 2014 till the end of Feb. 2014||Sun Island Scenic Area|
|The 19th International Snow Sculpture Competition||Jan. 10th~13th, 2014||Sun Island Scenic Area|
|The 2nd China and Russia Snow Sculpture Dual Meet||Around late Jan. 2014||Sun Island Snow Expo|
|The 40th Ice Lantern Garden Party and the opening ceremony||Dec. 26th, 2013 for trail operation and officially opening on Jan. 5th, 2014 till the end of Feb. 2014||Zhaolin Park|
|The 4th Volga Cross-country Skating Festival||Dec. 13th, 2013~Feb. 2014||Volga Manor|
|The 4th Harbin Ice & Snow Happy Valley Early||Jan. 2014 till Feb. 2014||Songhua Lake|
|The 8th Taiping Lake Winter Fishing Festival||During the festival||Taiping Lake Scenic Area|
|Nangang District Ice and Snow Joy Festival||Late Dec. 2013 till the end of Feb. 2014||Ice and Snow Happy Valley|
|The 1st Golden Dragon Mountain Snow Festival||Late Dec. 2013 till the end of Feb. 2014||Golden Dragon International Tourism Vacation Resort|
|Economy & Trade||The 30th Harbin Cold Zone Exposition||Jan. 5th~8th, 2014||International Convention & Exhibition Center|
|International Covenant of Ice and Snow||Jan. 4th~8th, 2014||Harbin City|
|Sports||International Ice Hockey Invitational Competition||Jan. 2014||Ice Hockey Gym|
|Asian Ice Hockey Tournament||Jan. 2014||Ice Hockey Gym|
|International Winter Swimming Invitational Competition (the Opening Ceremony of the 30th Ice and Snow Paradise)||Jan. 5th, 2014||Songhua Lake|
|Millions of Adolescents Ice Skating & Skiing Late|| |
Nov. 2013 till early Mar. 2014
|All the scenic areas for the festival|