China intl. ice carnival kicks off

The 29th edition of International Ice and Snow Festival during a celebration has opened in the capital of northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province, Harbin.

Many visitors from across the world flocked to this winter carnival’s opening celebration held on January 5, 2013.

The 2013 Chinese ice wonderland displays its largest snow sculpture which is 120 meters (390 feet) long, while an ice-carving project dubbed ‘Crystal Castle’ towers over the winter theme park at a height of 48 meters (160 feet).

“The Ice and Snow World covers an area of 750,000 square meters. The total amount of ice used is 180,000 cubic meters and snow 150,000 cubic meters,” said deputy director of Construction Command Headquarters Sun Xitong.

Over 7,000 workers were employed to build this year’s Ice and Snow World while temperature of the snow’s surface was as low as minus 25 degree Celsius that increased technical difficulties in construction, Xitong added.

The month-long Harbin ice and snow festival with its scenic view is one of the world’s largest winter carnivals that attracts numerous tourists each year.