Harbin Ice and Snow World in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province started to collect ice and snow on Sunday for the creation of ice and snow sculptures. The theme park is scheduled to open to public on December 24. A 48-meter high ice palace will become the landmark artwork of the park.
Harbin Ice and Snow World, located in the provincial capital of Harbin, will cover 600,000 square meters. A total of 180,000 cubic meters of ice and 150,000 cubic meters of snow will be used for the carving of sculptures this year.
Harbin Ice and Snow World, along with a snow expo and an ice lantern show, will herald the opening of the 29th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival on January 5, 2013.