The world’s largest Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival opened in Harbin, Heilongjiang Province, on Jan 5, 2019. Northeast China’s "ice city" Harbin kicked off its 35th International Ice and Snow Festival with a range of snow sports and fun activities on Saturday.
Organizers said the month-long festival features nearly 100 activities including winter swimming and family ice sculpture competitions, as well as many snowmen standing in an area of 10 hectares on the city’s frozen river.
This year’s Ice and Snow Festival is the first since the opening of a new terminal at the Harbin Taiping International Airport in April 2018, which is expected to attract more tourists during the winter season. The annual Ice and Snow Festival has become a name card of Harbin, capital city of Heilongjiang Province, and a major contributor to its booming winter tourism. The Ice and Snow Festival will be more and more popular in the future.