Les incroyables sculptures de glace d'Harbin

Le 31ème Festival International de Neige et Glace a ouvert le 5 janvier à Harbin, dans le Nord-Est de la Chine.
Famed for its amazingly intricate ice sculptures and massive replicas of global icons, the 31st International Snow and Ice Festival opened on 5 January 2015 in Harbin, northeast China.

Made up of different themed zones, the event covers an area of about 750,000 m2 with works inspired mostly by Chinese fairy tales and famous landmarks, such as the Great Wall of China, the Egyptian Pyramids and Iceland's Hallgrimskirkja church. The festival welcomes millions of visitors and, depending on weather conditions, usually lasts until March.

In early December, ice artisans cut 120,000 m3 of ice blocks from the frozen surface of the Songhua River to be used as raw materials for sculptures that take 15,000 workers 16 days to create. Harbin is a bitingly cold city with January daytime temperatures ranging from minus 13-23°C.