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Q: How is the ice city in Harbin built so quickly each year?

Firstly, apologies for not posting something controversial but i have wondered about this.

Think about it....each year an ice city is built in Harbin. Summer comes and according to my physics teacher, it melts. I'm good with that.

So between the above zero summer, when do they start building and where do they get all the ice from. It certainly goes up quickly....of course the workers have practice each year but it seems like a marvel of planning, organisation and construction each year. Does anyone know about the logistics of this?

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1.4 billion people and no human rights. That's how.

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I assume they make ice bricks from the river water which is right there and have hundreds of migrant workers going around the clock. A lot of the building would basically just be bricklaying or maybe even just pouring water into molds to freeze so it wouldn't need the real arty people for that.

 

Not sure when it starts getting cold enough to freeze water there - late Oct early Nov maybe? I was there once in late December though and while the festival wasn't properly open you could still go and see some of the buildings.

Hats off to them though, it's an impressive feat building that every year in the short amount of time they'd have.

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You can keep ice bricks in a freezer until it's time to assemble them

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Magic sticks ....  from Huachuan are famous ....  

 

Water&(way) below 0*C temperature and in a week you have iced anything watery.

Then, you need ice carving tools and everybody (1 brazillion ...) goes onto the ice, you have a city from ice in short time.

 

- 33*C (- 27*F) daily temperature equals to 'spit converts into ice before hits the pavement.'

I was there during the winter of 2009, don't ask!

 

If you spit on the restaurant's floor, it's different ... 

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