Ice and snow heat up the Harbin economy
2018-01-03 08:17:00

The Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, has already begun with dazzling displays to see and an array of activities to experience.

The annual event has been running for 33 years in Harbin and has become one of the world’s most attractive winter tourist destinations. Thanks to the extremely low temperatures which produce ice and snow for these attractions, the city is able to turn what used to be an energy and manufacturing economy to a money-spinning tourist economy.

Magnificent ice sculptures at this year's Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin. /CGTN Photo

The Heilongjiang Provincial Tourism Development Committee revealed to CGTN that, in the first three quarters of 2017, they had received nearly 145.5 billion yuan from domestic tourist revenue. This is a significant financial increase, up around 23 percent from the previous year. And in the third quarter of 2017, the domestic tourist revenue was approximately 62.5 billion yuan, up by even more, with a 38.46 percent increase year-on-year.

This significant increase of visitors at the festival is not only beneficial for the city’s tourism sector, but also profits other industries such as transportation, hospitality and retail.

Source: CGTN Editor: Hiram