China has the world’s largest ice festival, The Harbin International Ice and Snow. Behind this magnificent festival, there is a figure of a farmer who works hard. The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival become the annual winter festival of Chinese pride. When the festival was about to begin, some farmers worked hard to cut the ice.
As compiled by Landdisposition.com, The Harbin International Ice and Snow is the world’s largest ice festival. This festival is to welcome the winter. Before the hustle and bustle of the celebration begin, there is a figure of a farmer who works hard. Yes, farmer. Lio Yantao is a farmer living in Harbin.
Everyday Lio is a corn and soybean farmer. But specifically in the winter, Liu and other farmers will turn to ice farmers. As an ice farmer, Liu will work on the Songhua River. The frozen Songhua River is one of the natural ice harvest sites for the Harbin ice festival.
More than 100 farmers will enter the river. They start work before dawn until sunset. Carefully, farmers must cut the ice using hand tools. This magnificent festival requires around 170 cubic meters of ice. This amount is equivalent to filling 70 Olympic swimming pools.
Every day Liu and the team can cut 2,000 pieces of ice. This work only is done for up to 3 weeks. Cut ice will cost 2.5 yuan for 1.6 meters and weighs 400 kg. For a day, farmers are paid 500 yuan or 72 US dollars.
This job requires a healthy physique. With temperatures below minus 18 degrees Celsius, farmers do not have enough safety like a buoy. They use the rope as a safety. The line is tied to the body and connected to the ice drill. If you fall, one of the closest ones must pull the rope.
These farmers are very influential in the biggest ice festival in the world. However, these farmers claimed never to come to the festival. The reason is straightforward, the ticket is expensive. They prefer to see it on television and feel proud for participating.
“This has become an annual tradition in my city. If I don’t participate, I feel like something wrong,” Liu said.