The Bucket List: Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival

This week on the bucket list, we are bringing you the largest ice and snow festival in the world. This festival has been held since 1963 in Harbin, China. Harbin is located in Northeast China where it is under direct influence of the cold winter wind...

This week on the bucket list, we are bringing you the largest ice and snow festival in the world.

This festival has been held since 1963 in Harbin, China. Harbin is located in Northeast China where it is under direct influence of the cold winter wind from Siberia. During the winter the average temperature is -16.8° Celsius and it can go as low as -35° Celsius, making this city the best spot for this festival. Officially, the festival starts on January 5th and it can last more than a month, depending on the weather.

This festival not only includes ice sculptures and ice lanterns that are displayed throughout the city, but there are also two main exhibition areas: Enormous Snow Sculptures at Sun Island and Ice and Snow World, featuring illuminated full size buildings made from blocks of 2-3 feet thick crystal clear ice. The festival looks very beautiful at night when the multicolored lights are lit up on the ice.

To read more about this festival, visit here and plan your next trip to go there.

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