ICIUM

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A view from the Great Wall slide towards Helsinki Cathedral in Levi ICIUM 2010-2011

ICIUM Wonderworld of Ice is a winter entertainment park[1] built in Levi, Finland from ice and snow. The first park opened on 18 December 2010.[2] The park showcases both ice sculptures and snow sculptures in an area of about 1 hectare (2.5 acres).

Construction[edit]

Helsinki Central Railway station under construction in December 2010

ICIUM is built by Chinese ice sculptors[3] from Harbin city, where the annual Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival has been held since 1963.

More than 10,000 cubic metres (350,000 cu ft) of snow was used in the construction of the first ICIUM in 2010. The builders also lifted over 600 cubic metres (21,000 cu ft) of ice from the Ounasjoki river to make the sculptures.

Structures in ICIUM[edit]

Temple of Heaven

The main attractions in ICIUM season 2010–2011 were:

Chinese folk artists[edit]

Folk artists from Beijing were also in ICIUM to show how to make traditional Chinese folk arts such as straw weaving, snuff bottle painting and dough sculpting.

ICIUM mascot[edit]

Mingming, a baby panda from Bamboo Fairyland, is the mascot[4] of ICIUM. In his first adventure, Mingming tries to save his home from an evil dragon, with the help of Grandpa Reindeer Niila, baby reindeer Nina and Santa Claus.

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Coordinates: 67°47′09″N 24°48′51″E / 67.78583°N 24.81417°E / 67.78583; 24.81417