Chinese Snow And Ice Sculptures

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This sculpture is the centrepiece of the Ice And Snow Festival, held annually in the northeastern city of Harbin, China.
Called Romantic Feelings, it is an amazing 115ft high and 656ft long - the largest snow sculpture ever created.
It was made by joining together 15ft square blocks of natural ice and snow, taken from the nearby Songhua River, which have been compressed to withstand blows from hatchets, saws and shovels.






Pictures courtesy of the Dail Mail




There are also incredidible illuminated Chinese ice sculptures on this site http://www.rtoddking.com/chinawin2003_hb_if.htm




picture courtesy of Brittanica.com



Comments

I always find ice sculptures of this magnitude absolutely breathtaking. (I can't really imagine staying in one of those ice-hotels though... I get cold just looking at the, albeit beautiful, pictures).