ice city
maggie rulli
February 11, 2014

China’s Ice City


Maggie: Alright. Now, if you think things like skiing and snowboarding are the only things you can do in cold temperatures, think again. This thirty-year-old tradition relies on super-cold temperatures and a whole lot of ice.

For most, temperatures around minus 11 degrees might sound absolutely miserable.

Festival participant: Everything is cold no matter how many layers you put on or whatever you do.

Maggie: But in the Chinese city of Harbin, better known as β€˜Ice City,’ it is perfect. That is because they make the best of their bitter, Siberian temperatures by hosting an ice festival.

Michael: It’s really cool to see everything made of ice. We were walking on the river today, and you could see them pulling out the giant blocks.

Maggie: The frozen-solid Songhua River provides the essential ingredient – ice – and there is plenty of it. After sunset, lights create a brilliant glow, a frozen Las Vegas. This year, the winter wonderland is expected to bring in over a million people.

Seven thousand people worked to put this together, using enough ice and snow to fill nearly 200 Boeing 747 cargo planes.

There are ice slides, ice temples, and even an ice Empire State Building. But the festival, which started in January, has no end date scheduled. Organizers say it will continue on until the weather warms and it melts away.

Ice sculpting, something fun to do when the next polar vortex hits. You are welcome!


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