Harbin, the world of Ice

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Harbin, the world of Ice

 Abdur Rahman Rahad daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 10:56 PM, 9 October 2019  

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Have you ever heard a city full of ice-making sculpture? It may seem a bit strange to hear, but the fact is that it is possible to create a separate world, not just the sculpture with ice, but also the traditional houses. These houses made of ice are not only for traveling but also can be accessed if anyone wishes.

Such an ice state is situated in China's Harbin City. Originally it is a provincial city, but it has now become the capital of festivals around the world.

Harbin, the renowned 'Ice City', is located in the south of Heilongjiang Province, the most northeastern part of China with a shape of a swan when viewed on a map. Not only for the city's special position, but also as the center of Heilongjiang's political, economic, educational and cultural life, Harbin is described as the pearl beneath the swan's neck, and plays a vital role in communications between South and North Asia as well the regions of Europe and the Pacific Ocean.

Harbin is the birthplace of Jin and Qing Dynasties, the latter of which had a very considerable influence on modern Chinese history. At the end of the 19th century, Russia built the terminus of the Middle East Railway here. Later, more than 160,000 foreigners from 33 countries migrated to this place, promoting the development of a capitalist economy in the city.

With an average temperature of 16.8 °C (1.8 °F) during winter, it should come as no surprise that Harbin is well known for its ice and snow-related activities. The annual Ice and Snow Festival is one of the top 5 largest festivals of its kind on Earth, and it attracts thousands of tourists who brave the cold to take in the sights.

Every year, huge numbers of visitors flock to this city and the city has adapted itself to meet the needs of this great influx of tourists. Convenient transportation by air and water can ease your journeys and ensuring a comfortable way of either getting to or around the city. A large number of star-rated hotels with good services are available there.

The Ice Sculpture Festival was held for the first time in Harbin in 1985. Every year, millions of tourists from different countries of the world come to see this state made of ice.

It would be wrong to define Harbin only the state. In the winter, Harbin has a wonderful form that cannot be believed without enjoying it practically. The city furnished itself with beautiful sculptures like white crystals all around.

And at night, colored lights are applied in the sculptures. The city holds a wonderful form.

However, the interesting thing is that these houses made of ice and Disneyland are not just for the enjoyment of beauty. Rather, one can move around the house and Disneyland. At present, the competition has reached such a point that roadside ice can’t fulfill their demand. Ice is to be brought in from outside to make these sculptures.

The Harbin International Ice Sculpture Festival is open every year until February 28. It started as a local ice show in 1963. But it was banned after the Cultural Revolution of China. It was later reopened in the winter of 1985 to attract tourists. Currently, Harbin organizes this famous annual festival with three huge attractions.

These three huge attractions include the Harbin Ice Lantern Show. It was staged in the traditional Zhoulin Park where the original Ice Lantern Festival was celebrated in 1963. It has ancient ice lanterns art and structures.

Then there is the sculpture exhibit of Sun Island and International Ice Sculpture. These are two of Harbin's biggest attractions. There are over 50,000sqm of immense sculptures, parks, huge castles, buildings and so on.

All of this is made up of a combination of ice and snow. Although the park is open all day, it is most crowded at night. Because then thousands of colored LED lights are lit inside each ice sculpture in the park. And this lamp turns the park into a wonderful winter wonderland.

Each year the sculptures inspired by local folklore are trying to do something different. The inhabitants of Harbin's have proved that nothing is impossible in the world.