2006 Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival
Surprising Harbin - Snow Tourism
Ice and Snow Hotel
Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival
2006 Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival

Surprising Harbin - Snow Tourism (excerpt from HBE Newsletter 12/8/05)

Did you know . . . as most cities begin to see visitor numbers drop off with the on set of cold weather, attractions in Heilongjiang gear up for their busiest time of year. "Heilongjiang's rich ice and snow resources are an invaluable treasure waiting for exploitation," said Shi Weijie, deputy secretary-general of the provincial government. A province where winter lasts for six months, Heilongjiang has been investing in ice and snow-related activities to boost tourism and the local economy. Government departments in the province have discovered a gold mine in the ice and snow entertainment industry.

This year's snow and ice festival will double in the number of artworks available. This will include the world's largest ice restaurant and the world's highest ice clock tower (which is a replica of the clock tower in Moscow's Red Square).

Meanwhile, a ski resort in Heihe, Heilongjiang, China's northernmost province yesterday became the country's first to open its slopes this winter. The Heihe Longzhu Far East International Ski Resort, on the China-Russia border, opened its gates to about 200 tourists from both countries yesterday. 

Back in the U.S., a cold spell has hit Orlando, bringing an ice storm to the Sunshine State just in time for the holidays! The Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center will play host to "ICE!", a holiday attraction hand-carved from nearly two million pounds of ice. Guests have an opportunity to visit a whimsical winter wonderland of interactive environments and larger-than-life, three-dimensional ice monuments and sculptures.

Several scenes will be featured, including a heartwarming Victorian holiday scene, Santa’s Toyland, and a majestic Church in the Woods. The sculptures are carved by teams of artisans from Harbin

Ice and Snow Hotel
Photograph of the Ice and Snow Hotel in Harbin. Made entirely out of snow and ice, the construction took 9 days and 17,000 cubic feet of snow.

Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival

The Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival begins January annually.

Harbin is the home of the world's most extraordinary ice festival. During the chilling winters, more than 4,000 artists spend 20 days to carve out 1,500 pieces of art work for this festival. It features fantastic ice carvings, 6-story ice buildings, snow carvings, and much more. No words can adequately describe the splendor and magnitude of the famous Harbin ice structures. In 2000, thousands of visitors came to see these magnificent works of art and craftsmanship, and to participate in the entertainment, recreational and culinary offerings of the festival. 

The Harbin Ice and Snow Festival is the largest of its kind in the world. Started in 1963, the festival is held in Zhaolin Park. Several events are held to coincide with this festival . Apart from snow/ice related events, the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival Economic and Trade Fair will be active during this time at the International Exhibition Center. As well, snow enthusiasts from around the world will be in Harbin for the Sun Island International Snow Carving Fair.

Here are pictures from this amazing festival.

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