If you think you know how a winter wonderland looks, we invite you to think again. Even though your image may be filled more with fairy-lights, Christmas-trees and cinnamony smells as most of us probably associate the season with Christmas celebrations, these pictures from the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival will offer quite a different but no less fascinating perspective on what a winter wonderland can be.


This festival is an annual event taking place in Harbin, Heilongjiang, China and is currently the largest snow and ice festival in the world. Its history started in 1999 when the first Ice and Snow World was opened to the public in December. At first, the participants were almost all Chinese, however, it kept growing and growing until it was decided to make it an international festival and competition. Take a look at the wonders that these ice-sculptors came up with!

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How Terribly Unfortunate
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9 months ago

Wow. All the colors.. This is just so beautiful.

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Harbin has earned the status of one of the coldest places on Earth. But the city found the most beautiful way to embrace their icy existence.

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TheCakeIsAPie
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9 months ago (edited)

Man how much training is needed to make a detailed sculpture like that? Wouldn't surprise me if someone makes something like this with freespinning wheels in a few years.

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They adapted to the chilly weathers so well, they actually celebrate it and do that in the best way possible - they've been throwing marvelous winter festivities for the last 36 years during the International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival.

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9 months ago

Oh my god how people can make such detailed things with ice is amazing. I struggle to get it out of the ice tray without it breaking.

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The 36th annual Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival opened on the 5th of January and is themed "Ice Snow Integration, Happy to Go Together", giving a lot of freedom for sculptors to express their creativity.

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9 months ago

ice palace! if i was a penguin i would live there

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Harbin carved it's name strongly into all the books of popular winter destinations with it's annual winter wonderland that takes approximately 220.000 cubic meters of ice and snow to be built.

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Ni La
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9 months ago

How beautiful! I’ve been fascinated by Chinese dragons since I was a kid.

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The festival attracts up to 15 million visitors annually, according to China Highlights.

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9 months ago

Thats gotta be an expensive sponsorship for Cocacola, how much does a massive ice sculpture cost anyway?

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The entire 600,000-square-meter area is filled with wonderful ice sculptures this year, the tallest one of them being 150 feet tall.

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9 months ago

Whoa you can walk in it? Imagine how cool it would be to sled down the pathway.

10,000 workers were brought in to cut, haul and sculpt the ice.

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Lilli
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9 months ago

it's so detailed... look at the flowers!!!

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Akshaya Kumar
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9 months ago

Devil may cry

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9 months ago

colourful! and big

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desert29rat
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9 months ago

Amazing ice castle!

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TheCakeIsAPie
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9 months ago

Thats really cool (ok that was bad I admit). Its nICE.

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Lucy Lou
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9 months ago

Pic looks a bit out of focus.

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Canada crazy
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9 months ago

wow

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OTTER
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9 months ago

You’d need a lot of firewood to keep this place warm!!

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9 months ago

Great for a ‘James Bond’ movie! “Escape from Frozen Island”

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Canada crazy
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9 months ago

red! white! blue! green! orange! indigo!

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Canada crazy
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9 months ago

its an ice city

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Lilli
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9 months ago

this gives me Disney World vibes :3

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Anna Jones
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9 months ago

Temple of heaven, stunning.

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9 months ago

ice city #2

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Judith Braunfeld
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9 months ago

All this from ice!!!

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