China’s largest ice-themed park closed early amid rising temperature

BY SILVI WRITER

China’s largest ice-themed park closed Sunday night as the weather has started to warm up in the country’s northeasternmost province, according to Xinhua News Agency.

The 20th Ice and Snow World in Harbin, capital of Heilongjiang province, stopped its operation due to the rising temperature recently, sources with the park said.

Opening on Dec 23, it operated for 56 days only. A year ago, the 19th Ice and Snow World lasted for 83 days from Dec 18, 2017 to Mar 10, 2018.

According to China Meteorological Administration, the highest temperature will rise to an abnormally high of 6 degrees Celsius in Harbin in the coming week.

The city’s average temperature was between -20 and -7 degrees Celsius, according to tianqi.com.

Built with 110,000 cubic meters of ice and 120,000 cubic meters of snow, the 600,000-square-meter winter wonderland has over 30 interactive rides and more than 2,000 ice and snow sculptures.

The park has attracted over 1 million tourists since it reopened on Dec 23, and more than 10 million visits have been made in total since its founding in 1999.

 

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