Replica of the Chichén Itzá pyramid presented at China’s Harbin International Ice Sculpture Festival


The people of China can already enjoy a replica of the Maya pyramid of Chichén Itzá, an ice sculpture at a festival that takes place in Harbin, the capital city of Heilongjiang province.

According to “Excelsior”, the work was included in the framework of the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and Mexico.

The International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival of Harbin is an annual event that takes place in northeastern China, underlines “Televisa News”.

Chichén Itzá pyramid ice sculpture illuminated

Its main attraction is huge ice sculptures mounted throughout the city of Harbin during the winter months, this time including a replica of the famous Chichén Itzá pyramid.

In the evenings, the Kukulkan pyramid and the other sculptures at the festival are illuminated with a sound and light show to the delight of 18 million visitors who attend the event.

Why did they make a replica of Chichén Itzá in China?

“The famous Harbin Ice Festival in northern China honors Mexico by showing for the first time a Latin American theme: our great pyramid of Kukulkán (sic)”, highlighted the Mexican ambassador in Beijing, Jesús Seade.

“The celebrations for the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations have been launched with this artistic exhibition!” Seade added.

Likewise, in the Chinese embassy in Mexico Twitter account they posted:

“The first ice sculpture with a Latin American country theme was launched at the Harbin International Snow and Ice Festival: Mexico’s Kukulcán pyramid.”

“As a gift for the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Mexico!”

Information on the ice sculpture of the pyramid of Kukulcán

The ice figure built to scale in Harbin, according to the original design, has a geometric pyramidal shape; It has nine levels and four facades, as well as stairs on each of them.

The pyramid of Kukulcán in Yucatán, or “feathered serpent”, allows that, due to its alignment, various phenomena of light and shadow can be observed during the equinoxes.

Since 1998, the Maya city of Chichén Itzá has been registered in the Unesco catalog as a World Heritage Site, and one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World.

Source: Excelsior

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