January 5 every year
Harbin City, Heilongjiang Province
Harbin, the capital of Heilongjiang Province, is a beautiful city featuring a great number of European style houses and the amalgamation of Chinese and foreign cultures. Every year the ice period lasts about 190 days in Harbin, hence it is known as the Ice City. The bitter-cold and long-lasting winter and solid ice with strong plasticity and unusual compressive resistance provide the special natural conditions for the development of the Ice and Snow Festival. To promote the ice and snow culture of Harbin and raise the international reputation of Harbin and raise the international reputation of Harbin tourism, the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival is held every year stating from 1985.
During the festival, the host city holds the ice lantern park fair, the snow sculptures park fair, and international competitions for ice and snow sculptures; launches winter swimming, speed skating, mountain skiing and cross-field skiing competitions; and organizes the ice and snow film art festival, exhibitions of paintings, calligraphy and photos, performances of folk songs and dances, and wedding ceremonies on ice, in addition to economic and trade talks, commodities fairs and trade fairs.
Main Tourist Attraction
Songhua River Tourist Area, Sun Island, St. Sofia Church, Bliss Temple, The Mosque, Yabuli Skiing Tourism Holiday Resort.
Tourists may go to Harbin by air or train.