Visiting The Ice Festival in Harbin, China

In North-Eastern China, often referred to as Chinese Siberia, each year they run quite a special event. The ice festival in Harbin. Near the Russian, Mongolian, and North Korean borders. I visited it, and it’s almost -30 degrees Celsius yet the Ice and Snow Festival here is one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen.  I love a good festival and although it’s painful to admit my ignorance I had never even heard of this one until 5 or 6 months ago, crazy I know! Visiting the Ice festival in Harbin is one of the ‘coolest’ things I’ve ever done, check out all you need to know about the festival yourself.

Ice Festival in Harbin
Ice Festival in Harbin

What is the Ice Festival in Harbin?

The ice festival in Harbin is a yearly snow and ice sculpture festival. Hardly any foreigners make it up here to remote China, but over 10m Chinese visit each winter. It’s officially the biggest ice sculpture festival in the world. It has to be seen to be believed, each year they rebuild famous monuments from around the world. Expect 50m tall statues of Liberty, and Eiffel Towers. Bars that you sit on ice stools and drink beers. Slides, and rides, all made of ice. It’s amazing.

Ice festival in Harbin
Ice festival in Harbin

Where is Harbin?

It’s way up in North-East China, what is unofficially referred to as ‘Chinese Siberia’. 1250km northeast of Beijing.


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