Harbin Ice and Snow Festival 2012

Every year, the chilly city of Harbin in the Heilongjiang Province in Northeast China hosts an ice and snow festival – in the grounds of a city built from ice. The whole city and the exhibits are sculpted from stacks of giant ice blocks. Covering 600 000 square metres, a staggering 180 cubic metres of ice are needed to create the cityscape. In addition, 600 000 cubic metres of snow are needed – especially as this has been an unusually warm winter. Typical winter temperatures in Harbin hit -17 degrees celcius, but this year has been a bit warmer with temperatures approaching 0 degrees on some days.

Check out this film about the festival:

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About ehauke

I am a Principal Teaching Fellow in the Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication at Imperial College. I teach on the MSc in Science Communication in the Science Communication Unit, and have recently developed a new academic module for the course called 'Science and Communication for Development'. I am also the Field Leader for Global Challenges within Imperial Horizons. Imperial Horizons is a programme offered to all Imperial undergraduates to help them broaden their education and pursue additional learning interests alongside their science, maths, engineering or medical degree. The Global Challenges field comprises eight different courses that give students the opportunity to develop their independent learning skills, team working and project skills and to gain an appreciation for interdisciplinary learning.

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