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20 S E P T E M B E R / O C T O B E R 2 0 1 6 school in the parade — schools are more like associations or clubs — but travelers can "carnival" in many other ways. Leading up to and during Carnival, neighborhoods hold street parties with street bands leading parades. Travelers can also attend Carnival balls. Two of the most popular ven- ues include Rio Scala Balls at the Scala Nightclub in downtown and, argu- ably the most famous, the Magic Ball at the Copacabana Palace. Although costumes aren't mandatory, many people choose to wear them. W W W . R C V B . C O M . B R HARBIN INTERNATIONAL ICE AND SNOW SCULPTURE FESTIVAL H A R B I N , C H I N A During the day, the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival is all blinding white and sparkling ice. At night, colored lights come on and transform the snow sculptures and icy buildings into a Technicolor dreamscape. Centuries ago, fi shermen on the Songhua River carved out chunks of ice and placed candles inside to light their way. Today, Harbin is known as the City of Ice, and the festival celebrates that heritage every Janu- ary and February with icy architecture, snowy cities and thousands of sculptures, all built by 15,000 people using 4 million cubic feet of ice. The festival features a few major exhibition areas. At the Sun Island International Snow Sculpture Art Expo, groups can explore monolithic snow sculptures, go tubing and take a dogsled ride, or visit the neighboring Siberian Tiger Park. Ice and Snow World is an ice city with full-size, ice-block build- ings, and at night, colored fl oodlights make the winter wonderland glow. Visitors will also fi nd an ice maze, an ice bar and an ice hotel, and can try ice climbing, ice golf and ice archery. Zhaolin Park is the site of the annual Harbin Ice Lantern Garden Party, which showcases about 1,500 traditional ice lanterns and ice sculptures. Those who want to enjoy extra special events can take in a giant fi reworks display on opening night and smash sculptures with ice picks when the festival is shutting down. W W W . C N T O . O R G / D E S T I N A T I O N / H A R B I N / Courtesy Netherlands Board of Tourism and Conventions Courtesy Harbin Intl. Ice & Snow Sculpture Festival Courtesy Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival Plant sculpture in Pl Pl an a t t sc sc l ul l pt pt pt ur ur e e in i Plant sculpture in Netherlands parade Ne Ne th th er la la nd d s s pa pa a ra ra de de d Netherlands parade Ice tower in Harbin, China Thank you to Globus Family of Brands for sponsoring the September/October 2016 Digital Edition of Select Traveler. digital sponsor W W W . G L O B U S F A M I L Y G R O U P S . C O M 8 6 6 - 8 2 1 - 2 7 5 2

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