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Brilliant Longqing Gorge Ice Lantern Festival!

 2012-12-02

Known for its cold winters, Beijing becomes a beautiful winter wonderland when the winter season arrives. Although the temperatures plummet to a freezing -18 degrees, there are still plenty of activities and festivities. The annual Longqing Gorge Ice Lantern Festival in Beijing is an annual icetastic event. The festival is held every January until February. With over 400 ice sculptures created by ice sculptors from all over the world, the marvelous creations come in all forms, shapes and sizes. At nightfall the gorge is lit up with the most colorful lights and the ice sculptures are truly a mesmerizing sight. The fantastic view of the icefall that is in free fall along reservoir dams remains every year. The incredible icefall hangs 70 meters high, on a huge dam, decorated with ice flowers and icicles, forming a crystal clear ice and snow heaven. A winter travel to Beijing must include the Longqing Gorge Ice Festival, such a wonderful event is truly unmissable.?



The colorful ice sculptures in the Longqing Gorge.




Visitors taking photos of the spectacular creations.

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