Harbin Ice and Snow Festival
|Harbin Ice and Snow Festival|
Harbin Ice and Snow Festival provides the visitors each year a whole new world of ice and snow. The 32nd session will be held from January 5, 2016 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
CNY330 for adult during New Year’s Day, Spring Festival and Lantern Festival
CNY60 per adult
Free for children under 3.9 feet (1.2 meters) in height
|Opening Time:||from Jan. 5th to the early Mar., 2016||from Jan. 5th to the early Mar., 2016||from Jan. 5th to the early Mar., 2016|
|Operating Hours:||Dec. 22 to 31, 2015: 08:00-17:00 |
Jan. 1 to the early Mar., 2016: 08:00-20:00
|Transportation:||By Bus: |
Take bus no. tourism bus line 1, 29, 80, 88, 119, 125, 126, 211, 212, 213, 215, 216, 219, 346, 551 or 552, and get off at Sun Island Crossing Station.
Take a ferry from Flood Control Memorial Tower Wharf, Jiuzhan Wharf or Daowai Qidao Wharf.
|By Bus: |
Take bus no. tourism bus line 1, 29, 80, 88, 119, 125, 126, 211, 212, 213, 215, 216, 219 or 551, and get off at Ice Snow World Station.
|By Bus: |
Take bus no. 53, 113 or 114, and get off at Zhaolin Park Station.
Take bus no. 8, 23, 83, 201 or 206, get off at Zhaolin Park (Diduan Road) Station.
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The 32nd Ice and Snow Festival Highlights (2016)
It will fall upon January 5th, 2016 and last till the early March, 2016, covering three important Chinese festivals – New Year’s Day, Spring Festival and Lantern Festival. Based on the theme of “Bright Pearl of the Crown of Ice and Snow”, 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.
☆ 2016 activities schedule for your reference:
|Art||The 22nd National Snow Sculpture Competition||Dec. 22rd~25th, 2015||Sun Island Snow Expo|
|The 8th International College Students Snow Sculpture Competition – Inspiration Snow Dream||Jan. 4th~7th, 2016||Harbin Engineering University|
|The 30th International Ice Sculpture Competition||Jan. 6th~8th, 2016||Zhaolin Park|
|Culture||The 32nd Group Wedding Ceremony on the Ice||Jan. 5th, 2016||Zhaolin Park|
|The 27th Hundred-Flower Dance Contest of senior people||Jan. 13, 2016||People’s Stadium|
|2016 New Year Concert||Dec. 31, 2015||City Concert Hall|
|Tourism||The 28th Sun Island Snow Sculpture Art Exposition||Dec. 22nd, 2015 for trail operation and officially opening on Jan. 5th, 2016 till the early Mar., 2016||Sun Island Scenic Area|
|The 21th International Snow Sculpture Competition||Jan. 10th to 13th, 2016||Sun Island Scenic Area|
|The 4th China and Russia Snow Sculpture Dual Meet||Around late Jan. 2016||Sun Island Snow Expo|
|The 42st Ice Lantern Garden Party and the opening ceremony||Dec. 22nd, 2015 for trail operation and officially opening on Jan. 5th, 2016 till early Mar., 2016||Zhaolin Park|
|The 6th Ice & Snow Happy Valley Early||Dec. 22nd, 2015 for trail operation and officially opening on Jan. 5th, 2016 till early Mar., 2016||along the Songhua River (Jingjie to Jiuzhan)|
|Economy & Trade||2016 Cold Zone Exposition||Jan. 5th~8th, 2016||International Convention & Exhibition Center|
|International Covenant of Ice and Snow||Jan. 6, 2016||Friendship Palace|
|Sports||International Ice Hockey Invitational Competition||Jan. 2016||Ice Hockey Gym|
|The 9th International Friendship Cities Badminton Invitational Competition||Jan. 2016||Ice Training Base|
|International Winter Swimming Invitational Competition||Jan. 5th and 6th, 2016||Jiuzhan Park|
|Shuttlecock Invitational Competition|| |
|Ice Training Base|
|International Friendship Cities Tae Kwon Do Invitational Competition||Jan. 2016||People’s Stadium|
|Winter Fishing Open Competition||Jan. 2016||Dingxiang Island|
|National Ice Hockey League||Jan. 2016||Ice Hockey Gym|
|National Cross-country Skiing Championship||Feb. 2016||Wujimi Ski Resort|
|National Alpine Skiing Championship||Mar. 2016||Wujimi Ski Resort|