Harbin Snow and Ice Fair 2005

ImageThe air is so cold it freezes your stinging tears to your face; the sun
is so low it escapes to leave you in darkness by mid-afternoon; the
trees are so gray, barren, and hard they could be concrete; the river
ice is so thick it actually supports entire buildings.  This is
Harbin, China’s northernmost (and easternmost) metropolis. Over 17
years, as this eight-meter-high horse sculpture indicated, the festival
has grown in size, complexity, and elaborateness; where the snow
festival had a single massive sculpture before, a handful of these now
appeared.  This year’s snow festival was officially called “The
17th Annual China Harbin Sun Island International Snow Sculpture Art
Fair.” more

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