Ice and Snow Carnivals.


by Natasha Geiling
Located in China’s northeast corner, Harbin might be considered the country’s unofficial capital of winter—throughout January, temperatures can dip as low as -36 degrees Fahrenheit.
Its chilly temperatures and long, harsh winters filled with snow have earned it the nickname Ice City, but Harbin is far from dark and dead (even in the coldest winter months), thanks to the dazzling International Ice and Snow Festival held in the city each year.
A multi-million dollar production encompassing 8 million square feet of the city, the festival turns 31 this year and is expected to draw over one million visitors during its nearly two-month long run.
It’s one of the four largest ice and snow festivals in the world, alongside celebrations held in Sapporo, Norway and Quebec (though Harbin bills itself as the single largest ice festival in the world).
via One of the World’s Largest Ice and Snow Carnivals Is Underway in China | Travel | Smithsonian.

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