The 37th Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in China opened for visitors, featuring frozen towers, palaces and castles.
The festival in Harbin, a city in the Chinese northeastern province of Heilongjiang, is one of the largest of its kind.
High ice and snow facilities are presented on it, and activities such as sledding, ice hockey, ice football, speed skating and alpine skiing will be organized.
Most visitors are expected to be domestic tourists, due to measures to restrict movement due to the pandemic.
The festival was first organized in 1963, and was interrupted during Chinese Cultural Revolutions, to be continued in 1985.
To build the ice city, tens of thousands of ice blocks were pulled from a kilometer-long frozen Songhua River, which winds through Harbin.
The blocks were then moved by truck to the festival site, where they were used to build life-size castles, pagodas, bridges, and even a functional restaurant.
Wang Xiusheng, who was pulling out ice blocks, told Reuters why they should have used ice from the river: “Artificial ice is not so thick and not strong enough to stand in the wind.”
Workers wore knee-high rubber boots, jackets, thick gloves and hats to protect their ears from freezing.
“We get to the ice every day at six in the morning,” Zhang Wei told Reuters.
“Sometimes we have to work overtime, until 8 or 9 pm, even late after midnight.
Ice blocks are laid on top of each other to build walls.
Workers then shaped, trimmed and cut them to measure with chainsaws, forks and chisels.
During work, workers ate a bowl of hot noodles, dumplings or steamed buns for lunch – in makeshift canteens made of wooden poles and plastic sheets.
The complex ice structures are illuminated in a beautiful range of colors at night.
The festival is open until February 25, 2021.
Source: Dnevni list Danas by www.danas.rs.
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