Icy Fan­tasy World

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Jan­uary 5, Harbin, Hei­longjiang Prov­ince: Tourists visit il­lu­mi­nated ice sculp­tures at the Ice and Snow World. The 34th Harbin International Ice and Snow Fes­ti­val (HIISF) kicked off that day. It lasts un­til end of Fe­bru­ary, when the ice gen­er­ally be­gins to melt.

This year Harbin in­tro­duced seven cat­e­gories of win­ter tourism prod­ucts, and some 100 ice and snow-themed ac­tiv­i­ties to im­prove the fes­ti­val for vis­i­tors. Ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude 16 pro­fes­sional and 44 non-pro­fes­sional ice and snow sports events, 13 ice and snow tourism ac­tiv­i­ties tar­get­ing stu­dents and 30 themed art and cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties.

Harbin ranked first on the “Top Ten Chi­nese Cities for Ice and Snow Tourism” list re­cently re­leased by China Tourism Academy. Orig­i­nat­ing from the Ice Lantern Show in 1985, the HIISF has be­come one of the world’s four largest ice and snow fes­ti­vals, along with the Sap­poro Snow Fes­ti­val in Ja­pan, the Que­bec Win­ter Car­ni­val in Canada and the Ski Fes­ti­val in Nor­way.

by Wang Jian­wei/xin­hua

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