10. Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, China
It is the largest ice and snow festival in the world take place in Harbin of Heilongjiang province of China. This festival is officially held from January 5 to February 5 every year. The festival features international competition of ice & snow sculptures, illuminated buildings made from huge ice blocks, winter swimming in Songhua river, ice lantern show, ice sailing and speed skating.
Harbin ice and snow festival announced as an annual winter event on 5th January, 1985. As Harbin city generally has Arctic like climate it offers abundant natural ice and snow, recognized as cradle of ice and snow festival in the country. This festival also promote tourism in Harbin city, attracts thousands of foreign visitors every year.
Only top three winners from three events (NationalCollegiate, Masses ice sculpture competition and Heilongjiang province collegiate of international ice and snow festival) can participate in annual snow and ice festival. Ice blocks are taken from frozen Songhua river for the construction of sculptures. Artist uses architectural style of different buildings and monuments for the creation of ice sculptures. Multicolored lights are also used for illuminating the enormous ice buildings at night.