Located in Northern China, the 2014 Harbin Ice And Snow Festival is the largest one in the world and has broken Guinness World Records for having the biggest snow sculptures in history, the largest being 250 metres long, 28 feet (8.5 m) high, using over 13,000 cubic meters of snow. In its 30th year, the event involves an array of winter sports such as alpine skiing and winter swimming yet the star of the show is most definitely the art.
Each year the festival features to-scale architecture made only out of cold weather materials such as ice and snow. The result is huge, illuminated, full-size buildings made from blocks of crystal clear ice, 2–3 feet thick, that was taken directly from the Songhua River. The designs replicate some of the world’s most renowned landmarks like the Empire State Building and Rome’s Colosseum. The 500,000 sq. meter spaces is brilliantly transformed into a magical and dreamlike experience also featuring mythical creatures, slides, skating rinks and mazes.
Click through the gallery to see more of the enchanting sculptures:
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