The 15th Shenyang International Ice and Snow Festival is to kick off in Shenyang City of China on January 7th, 2012, and it will last for 2 months until March.
The festival is hosted by Shenyang Municipal Government and Tourist Administration of Liaoning Province. The main venue is Shenyang Qipanshan Ice and Snow World, and the branch venues are Dongbeiya Ski Resort, Baiqingzhai Ski Resort and Guaipo Ski Resort. During the festival, there are a variety of themed events, such as alpine skiing, carnival on snowfield, ice-snow entertainment, sports activities on snowfield and trade fair of skiing products. Besides, in order to help tourists have fun in skiing and skating, there are also a number of recreational activities, including the performance of winter swimming, fun sports meeting and snowball contest.
Being different from that of former years, Guandong Film-TV City inside Qipanshan Scenic Area is decorated as a theme park with the theme of ice and snow. It boasts about 80 groups of ice and snow sculptures of various beautiful designs. Tourists will feel as if they were in a world of snow. In order to feast tourists’ eyes, the sponsor invited the world’s famous ice-dancing performance team to come to Shenyang. Besides, topflight skimeisters from Japan will pass on their experiences to beginners. During the festival, the traditional Shengjing Lantern Fair and Guandong Temple Fair are held formally in Shenyang. Thus, tourists can appreciate various festive lanterns of a variety of shapes, authentic local snacks and original folk performances.