Ice sculptures depicting the Red Square in Moscow and the Smaragd Buddha Temple in Bangkoku were also located at the world’s largest ice festival in northeastern China, Harbin.
Some of the works on this year’s Harbini International Ice and Snow Festival are part of a zone announced by Chinese President Hszi Chin-ping, reflecting a roadmap: the multi-billion initiative aims to deepen China’s economic and cultural ties with its western and southern neighbors,
all the way to East Africa, through railways, ports and other infrastructure investments.
In light of all this, Han Csenkun ice sculptor created this year’s work on the legendary Silk Road. As he recalled: “Once upon a time, through the Silk Road, the goods were loaded with camels and horses from China to the Western world.”
The main attractions of the festival until the end of February have been opened to the visitors this week and are expected to engage huge masses in Harbin for celebrations on Chinese lunar New Year (February 15-23).
During this time the temperature may fall below 18 degrees Celsius. According to the Turbine Tourism Office, in 2017, 18 million visitors were attracted to the festival and 28.7 billion yuan of tourist revenue came from the city.
Around 180,000 cubic meters of ice needed for the preparation of more than two thousand ice sculptures in one park were collected by nearly a thousand workers from the adjacent river. In the evening the statues are covered with colored light.