BEIJING, Jan. 4 (Xinhuanet) -- As night fell, the grand 33rd Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival opened Wednesday, in the city of Harbin, northeast China.
The theme for the festival is "Harbin: Pearl on the Crown of Ice and Snow”.
In the next three months, the "Ice City” Harbin would see over a hundred activities in five main categories: Ice Tour, Ice Art, Ice Fashion, Ice Economy, and Ice Athletics.
The festival takes place in the Harbin Ice and Snow World, the largest ice theme park in China.
The total ice and snow consumption for the event exceeds 330,000 cubic meters, on an area enough for building four magnificent Beijing Bird’s Nest Stadium.
During the festival, over 30 countries and regions will take part in the preparatory conference for the International City Snow Tour Cooperation, and the 2nd China International Ice and Snow Tourism Summit.
Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival is listed among the four most important international ice festivals along with Quebec Winter Carnival, Norway Oslo Ski Festival, and Sapporo Snow Festival.