Harbin’s Snow Sculpture Festival has been around since 1985, and I’d wager that it gets better and better every year. It’s also home to a Guinness Record of the largest snow sculpture: 250 metres long, 28 feet (8.5 m) high, using over 13,000 cubic metres of snow. Hard to appreciate it by just reading those words, or even to see the photos below. The photos just can’t capture the IMMENSE looming sculptures and the jaw-dropping knowledge that they’re built entirely out of snow… in just a few weeks (working day & night nonstop). It’s truly an incredible sight.
White, white, white everywhere! Ice and snow on the ground, huge snow sculptures everywhere you look. Wonderful to behold but OMGGGG it was freezing. We could only survive 1 hour out there. My fingers went numb and my toes actually HURT like hell – so painful it was like they were burning and I couldn’t walk without limping. So then we ran into an ice hut which housed a little cafe selling (heavily overpriced) beverages and with lots of heater inside to warm up. It took us a good 30 mins to warm back up, before we headed back outside for another 1 hour round of sight-seeing the snow sculptures.
An awesome experience. We loved it!
Entering the Snow Sculptures
EVERYTHING is made of snow, snow and more snow
Freezing snow, everywhere!
Video of the snow sculptures (that’s Chris talking.. and me waving!)
A snow cabin
A mini ice slide
Video of Chris zoooming down the mini ice slide
Another huge snow sculpture
Scurrying into one of those snow-covered huts, for a hot beverage
Dusk – when the temperatures drop a further 10 degrees