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Ice and snow festival kicks off in Harbin

By Tian Xuefei and Zhou Huiying in Harbin | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2019-01-06 12:28

The 35th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival kicked off on Saturday in Harbin, capital city of northeastern China's Heilongjiang province.

An ice castle attracts tourists at the Harbin Ice and Snow World on Saturday. [Photo by Liu Yang for chinadaily.com.cn]

As part of the festivities, the Harbin Ice and Snow World, a 600,000-square-meter park, officially opened for the 20th consecutive year. The park is each winter built with ice rather than commonly used construction materials.

The Harbin Ice and Snow World, a 600,000-square-meter park made of ice, officially opened in Harbin city, northeastern China’s Heilongjiang province, for the 20th consecutive year on Saturday as part of the 35th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival. The festival kicked off on the same day. [Photo by Liu Yang for chinadaily.com.cn]

In the park, tourists can appreciate famous traditional Chinese and Gothic architecture, along with a 45-meter-high tower, all built from ice.

The ice and snow festival will run till the end of February.

Tourists enjoy a firework display at the Harbin Ice and Snow World on Saturday. [Photo by Liu Yang for chinadaily.com.cn]
A 45-meter- high tower has been sculpted from ice at the 20th Harbin Ice and Snow World, a 600,000-square-meter park in Harbin. [Photo by Liu Yang for chinadaily.com.cn]
The Harbin Ice and Snow World, a 600,000-square-meter park made of ice, officially opened in Harbin city, northeastern China’s Heilongjiang province, for the 20th consecutive year on Saturday as part of the 35th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival. The festival kicked off on the same day. [Photo by Liu Yang for chinadaily.com.cn]
A visitor tries out an ice slide at the Harbin Ice and Snow World on Saturday. [Photo by Liu Yang for chinadaily.com.cn]
Tourists pose for a photo at the Harbin Ice and Snow World on Saturday. [Photo by Liu Yang for chinadaily.com.cn]
Tourists pose for a photo at the Harbin Ice and Snow World on Saturday. [Photo by Liu Yang for chinadaily.com.cn]
Tourists pose for a photo at the Harbin Ice and Snow World on Saturday. [Photo by Liu Yang for chinadaily.com.cn]
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