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Harbin wraps up for ice collection

Updated : 2018-12-11

By ( chinadaily.com.cn )

The fourth Ice-collection Festival kicked off on the frozen Songhua River in Harbin, Northeast China’s Heilongjiang province, on Dec 7.

It is expected to last around 20 days until the opening of the annual winter gala –– the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival, which is scheduled to take place on Jan 5.

During the event, workers will labor in temperatures as low as -30 degrees Celsius while they cut giant blocks of ice measuring 1.6 meters by 8 m.

The blocks will be used to create giant ice sculptures at Harbin International Ice and Snow World, which is a highlight of the annual ice and snow festival.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Harbin Ice and Snow World. And around 110,000 cubic meters of ice and 120,000 cubic meters of snow will be cut and delivered to Harbin Ice and Snow World, which is expected to open later this month.

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A folk ceremony marking the beginning of the ice-collection season in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China's Heilongjiang province, takes place on the frozen Songhua River, Dec 7. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

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Local residents dressed in traditional clothing mark the start of the ice-collection season in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China's Heilongjiang province, Dec 7. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

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Workers use an electric saw to cut into the ice of Songhua River, Dec 7. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

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Workers pull a block of ice out of the frozen Songhua River, Dec 7. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]
 

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