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Ice sculptures transform Harbin to a winter wonderland

Wednesday, January 07, 2015 - 01:23

Teams from different countries compete to carve elaborate sculptures at an annual festival in northern China's Harbin city. Sharon Reich reports.

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It's an annual winter competition that brings out the best. Twenty-seven teams from different countries are competing in an annual ice sculpture contest at Harbin's winter festival. Su Shi has been participating in the annual event for several years and is carving a sculpture he calls "Ambush." SOUNDBITE: Su Shi, ice sculptor saying (Mandarin): "(What I want) is to participate in as many contests as possible to constantly improve my skills and abilities. This is on the one hand. And on the other hand, I'm really fond of ice sculpting. It feels like make-up does for women, they never feel tired and never mind how much time it's consuming." The artisans hail from Russia, Mongolia, South Korea and China. Their challenge is to transform solid blocks of ice from a nearby river into imaginative designs in two days - under diffficult conditions. Harbin happens to be one of the coldest cities in China. SOUNDBITE: Cao Guanjun, ice artist saying (Mandarin): "Winning a prize isn't the most important thing. My expectations aren't too high. I just want to take part in this kind of activity to improve my artistic understanding and skills." The winner of the competition will be announced on Thursday (January 8).

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Ice sculptures transform Harbin to a winter wonderland

Wednesday, January 07, 2015 - 01:23