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February 25, 2010 / Dave Gorham

Chinese Winter Wonderland

Harbin, China has a city made of ice – 5.6 million cubic feet of it to be exact. The city of ice comes around once a year, from January through mid-March for the International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival. The Festival started back in 1985, is one of the largest of its kind in the world and brings in tens of thousands of tourist from all over the globe.

The Chinese have a reputation of being some of the most efficient in the world and with crews of more than 10,000 working day and night, the city was built in less than three weeks. The ice is carved from the neighboring Songhua River and is enough to fill 64 Olympic-sized swimming pools. Another 4.2 million cubic feet of snow is used in building the ice city. Some say the city resembles Las Vegas with its streets and buildings lit up in gaudy, neon lights.

You may wonder how the ice doesn’t melt. You know it has to be frigid when zero degrees is considered mild. If you’re thinking about visiting, make sure you bundle up!

Pictures: ABCNews

 





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