Experience a winter wonderland in S'pore
IF THE heat in Singapore is too much to bear, here's a place for some icy reprieve.
Winter is set to arrive in our tropical island at the largest ice-art exhibition to be held here.
The inaugural 2 Degree Ice Art Exhibition, which opens on Wednesday, will be a six-month-long showcase held at the open field next to the Marina Bay Sands Hotel.
The $3.5-million spectacle occupies 50,280 sq ft of space and features 30-odd ice sculptures.
Using up to 450 tonnes of ice, the sculptures feature some of the world's most famous landmarks, such as London's Big Ben, the Eiffel Tower in Paris and Singapore's very own Merlion.
Several ice sculptures are even embedded with LED lighting and carved from coloured ice blocks.
Organised by Century Ice Wonderland and the Harbin International Ice Lantern Art Association, the exhibition aims to give Singaporeans a feel of the annual International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival held in China's north-eastern region of Harbin.
"We hope the event will be a treat for Singaporeans, especially those who have never been to cold countries," said Mr Miow Kit Fong, managing director of Century Ice Wonderland.
The sculptures, measuring up to 6m in height, have been specially carved by 20 of Harbin's best ice sculptors - or ice-sculptor "masters", as they're referred to at home.
Mr Si Yu Lang, 48, from Harbin, is one of the sculptors who worked on the upcoming exhibition.
With nine years of ice-sculpting experience under his belt, Mr Si has completed about 200 ice sculptures and still gets a "sense of satisfaction" when he completes a sculpture well.
Despite having been to many countries to showcase his work, this is his first time in Singapore.
He said that "the heat here makes me uncomfortable and I've become tanner", adding that he is used to Harbin's cold weather.
One of his ice sculptures at the exhibition is an ice slide. It is part of the children's playground, which includes a snow machine.
The exhibition also features an ice bar, where drinks will be served in specially carved ice mugs, which visitors can throw against a target board once they are done with their drink.
As the exhibition is held in a thermal-insulated hall that is kept at a temperature of minus 15 deg C, visitors are advised to bundle up and refrain from wearing open-toed shoes or slippers.
Gloves are complimentary for ticket-holders, while coats are available for rental at $5.