|A contestant from Russia sculpts at the 25th Harbin International Ice Sculpture Contest at Zhaolin Park in Harbin, capital of northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, Jan. 6, 2011. The contest kicked off here Thursday. (Xinhua/Wang Jianwei)
HARBIN, Jan. 6 (Xinhua) -- An international ice sculpture contest kicked off Thursday in the northeast China city of Harbin, which is also known as China's "City of Ice."
More than 70 ice sculptors from 16 countries and regions are attending the contest in Heilongjiang Province.
The annual event is being held in a 1,500-square-meter indoor pavilion in Zhaolin Park, said Li Yike, a worker at the Center of Harbin Ice-Lantern Arts Exhibition (CHIAE).
Sculptors from the United States, Canada, Finland, Thailand, Malaysia, Chile and other countries and regions will celebrate different cultures, ethnic groups and countries with ice and snow.
Donald C. Watt, a contestant from Canada was making marks on the ice with a measuring ruler. He said he and his partner had created a piece called "Global Warming."