China: Chilling out

Harbin’s Ice and Snow World
Harbin’s Ice and Snow World MCT

For 30 years, Harbin in the far northeastern corner of China has hosted an increasingly famous winter extravaganza — the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival. Each November, workers start hauling massive blocks of ice out of the frozen Songhua River. Using cranes, chainsaws, picks, lasers and LED lights, they use these blocks to construct a colorful fantasy land of some 2,000 sculptures that becomes more astonishing each year. The festival, which attracts about a million visitors each winter, opens Monday and ends when the sculptures melt.


Miami Herald wires