Harbin Ice and Snow Festival is an international festival that takes place in China annually. It was first held in 1963 but due to political issues within the country, it was interrupted for years until 1985. Initially, the festival was for only Chinese people’s entertainment but it became an international attraction center where massive ice and snow sculptures with lanterns were presented and the first international festival was held in 1985.
The ice blocks for the sculptures are brought from the Songhua River in Harbin and it takes about a month to prepare the venue with the sculptures. Some of the sculptures are replicas of real architectural works while others are special creations. A sculpture in Harbin, for example, called ”Romantic Feelings”, which was 250 meters long, holds the record for being the largest snow sculpture. The festival is from December to February since it can only continue until the ice and snow melt away.