The Australian Women's Weekly - - Monthly Round-up -

What started as a small, lo­cal ice carv­ing com­pe­ti­tion in a city in north-east China has grown into the big­gest and most daz­zling win­ter fes­ti­val in the world. The Harbin Ice Fes­ti­val show­cases cas­tles of ice and maid­ens made from snow. About 180,000 cu­bic me­tres of ice is used to build the tem­po­rary city, where tem­per­a­tures can fall be­low -350C. Ice bricks are cut from the frozen Songhua River then painstak­ingly sculpted into daz­zling works of art.

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