View Full Version : Russian Ice Festival 6

03-13-2006, 10:35 AM
One of the popular activities at the festival is climbing a wall of solid ice. Amazingly, I didn't see a single person fall, and most everyone made it to the top.

All the ice comes from Songhua Jiang, the nearby river, which provides a limitless supply; huge chainsaws are required to cut through the ice, which can be meters thick.


The snow festival is mostly a display of art; the ice festival is mostly a display of architecture.

Nevertheless, a number of sculptures can be found at the ice festival, such as this life-sized horse. Agile youngsters with good balance climb atop the horses to have their pictures taken. Notice the layers of ice in the horse; blocks of ice are fused together to form larger blocks so that sculptures - or huge buildings - can be made.