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Post time 2012-3-2 15:21:05 |Display all floors
Photos of China's technicolor frozen wonderland. - Harbin ice festival

As China's northernmost major city, Harbin is among the inhabited world's coldest metropolitan centers, but as photographer Jonathan Browning shows, each year local residents turn snowdrifts into snow cones with the Harbin Ice Festival. The annual festival -- showcasing more than 2,000 ice sculptures that can tower over 150 feet in the air -- draws thousands of tourists to this frozen wonderland, often called the "Ice City." The buildings are constructed with fluorescent lights encased in ice blocks, turning the temporary village into a technicolor dreamland at night.   

Visitors come not only to wonder at the construction, but to participate in winter sports such as skiing, sledding, and -- for the daring -- ice swimming. Above, the ice city at night.
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Post time 2012-3-5 10:53:36 |Display all floors
how beautiful !

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Post time 2012-3-5 11:20:35 |Display all floors
So much more beautiful and sophisticated than anything at any of the Disney parks.
And after it all melts they'll build another one next Winter. This is truly unique to the world.
If capitalism promotes innovation and creativity then why aren't scientists and artists the richest people in a capitalist nation?

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Post time 2012-3-5 11:31:50 |Display all floors
robert237 Post time: 2012-3-5 11:20
So much more beautiful and sophisticated than anything at any of the Disney parks.
And after it all  ...

Why compare to the Disney Parks?

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Post time 2012-3-5 11:34:57 |Display all floors
grb Post time: 2012-3-4 19:31
Why compare to the Disney Parks?

Good question. There really is no comparison except that Disney has a few of it's characters on display there now.

If capitalism promotes innovation and creativity then why aren't scientists and artists the richest people in a capitalist nation?

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Post time 2012-3-6 08:51:39 |Display all floors
It is indeed a beautiful and fancy place built by ice and snow with imaginative ideas, and is especially fascinated by people from southern part of China.

But, there is one thing that I want to emphasize is that the whole event is too commercialized. Almost all ice sculptures are labelled by sponsors's ads which I personally think tarnished the artistic expression of the ice sculptures.

To find sponsors to support and fund such a grand event is undisputable. So how to find an alternative way to both satisfying the tourists and saving cost is a tough task in front of the organizers.

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