The well-known Sun Island Snow Sculpture Festival has been an important part of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival.
The 18th Sun Island Snow Sculpture Festival has been going on since this past December 20th at the famous Sun Island Park in Harbin, the provincial capital of northeast China's Heilongjiang Province.
The highlight of this year's festival is a snow castle conceived by a Japanese designer. The castle comprises 45,000 blocks of snow, each of which is one cubic meter in size; and measures a whopping 27 meters high, 70 meters long and 30 meters wide. The project needed 1.5 million yuan, 300 people, and 10 days to build and it is currently the largest snow castle in the world.
Besides eyeing the wonderful snow sculptures, visitors can also enjoy a trip on the mini "snow land" trains, a ride on the horse-drawn sleighs, dining in the restaurant constructed from ice, or a nice hot cup of coffee at the island's icy cafe.
Thanks to the consistently cold weather in Harbin this winter, people can still enjoy fresh-looking snow sculptures even after the Lantern Festival (Feb. 12). (Photo source: china.com)
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