20 Incredible Images from China’s Giant Snow Sculpture Festival



Image: Snow palace image from Bigstock

Many of us built snowmen in our backyards when we were kids, but there are some who’ve taken the art of sculpting snow to a professional level. Around the world, there are festivals dedicated to this incredible art, and the annual extravaganza in Harbin, China is one of the grandest. In seasonal spirit, we present here 20 of the most stunning – and gigantic – snow sculptures seen in the Chinese city. Enjoy!


Image: Ivan Walsh

The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, as it’s officially known, is held each year in the city that gives it its name, in Northeast China. Because of its geographical location – close to the Russian border – snow and ice is something that is plentiful in the city. In the direct path of freezing cold winds from Siberia, the average temperature in Harbin is -16.8 degrees Celsius (1.76 °F) in winter, though it can drop as low as -38.1 degrees Celsius (-36.58 °F). Brrr!

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