The annual Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival is one of the world’s four largest ice and snow festivals. 

With the exception of its communist revolution years, China has held this event since 1963.


The Harbin Ice Festival is a snowball’s throw from Siberia, so it offers plenty of deep freeze fun. Exhibits range from modern laser shows to traditional ice lanterns. The most popular attraction includes illuminated full sized buildings made from blocks of 2–3 feet thick crystal clear ice directly taken from the Songhua River.

Patrons can also choose from other activities like alpine skiing and winter-swimming in the Songhua River.