Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival 2016

The 32nd Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival is going on in Harbin, China. It started on January 5 and will last for over a month (depending upon the weather). It is one of the largest ice and snow festivals in the world. There are life-sized buildings carved out of ice that are lit up with colorful lights. It looks like a magical land of fairy tales with castles, statues, and ice slides. There are replicas of famous landmarks, such as the Forbidden City. Harbin is nicknamed “City of Ice”, and there is a good reason for that. The average daily high temperature for the month of January in Harbin is -13 °C (9 °F). Brrr – that’s cold!

Another famous snow festival is about to start on February 5. It is called the Sapporo Snow Festival and is held annually in Japan.

Did you know?

Folks in Zakopane, Poland are trying to set a world record for the largest ice maze. It is due to open later this month, and here is a video about it.

 

 
Image Credits: http://www.harbinice.com/ for the Harbin Ice Festival’s image
Sources: http://news.xinhuanet.com, http://intelligenttravel.nationalgeographic.com, http://www.snowfes.com