Harbin Festival twice as ice

Harbin Festival twice as ice

Lots of people are afraid of cold weather, but not those in harbin, in Heilongjiang province. Since 1963 they have been celebrating the chilly weather with a winter festival, and wach year it gets bigger and better. Today it is the biggest ice and snow festival in the world.

Now, people come to Harbin from all over the world to experience the beautiful side of winter, from sliding and skiing, to incredibly detailed snow and ice sculptures.

This year, 30 teams from 11 countries took part in the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, creating and carving amazing sculptures out of ice taken directly from the nearby Songhua River.

The sculptures are displayed during the month of January - and sometimes for long afterwards, depending on the weather that year. Harbin is in the far north of China, and temperatures in the winter often drop to as low as minus 20 degrees Celsius. Brrrr! That's pretty cold! The coldest temperature ever recorded in Hong Kong was only -5.7 C, on January 24, 2016.

Many people thought it would snow in Hong Kong, but it did not. We haven't had any snow since 1975. But, if you're really craving it, now you know where you can go to get your fill of the fluffy stuff.