Japanese ice sculpture festival opened by former Kaohsiung mayor

            <section>                   <div>                     <div>                      <div><img src="http://will-news.idv.tw/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Japanese-ice-sculpture-festival-opened-by-former-Kaohsiung-mayor.jpg" title="The Sapporo Snow Festival is a winter fantasy land in Hokkaido. " alt="Japanese ice sculpture festival opened by former Kaohsiung mayor">                        <div>                                                                                                                                   The Sapporo Snow Festival is a winter fantasy land in Hokkaido. (By Central News Agency)</p>                        </div>                      </div>                    </div>                  </div>                 </section><span><p>TAIPEI (Taiwan News) &mdash; The former mayor of Kaohsiung, Frank Hsieh (謝長廷), led the 69th&nbsp;Sapporo Snow Festival ribbon-cutting ceremony Sunday evening (Feb. 4).</p>  <p>An ice sculpture of the old Taichung Train Station headlines the snow festival. The icy replica&nbsp;is 10 meters tall, 18 meters wide and 16 meters deep (32ft x 59ft x 52ft), <a href="http://www.cna.com.tw/news/aopl/201802050011-1.aspx">reported</a> CNA.&nbsp;</p>  <p><a href="http://www.sapporo.travel/event/winter/sapporo_snow_festival/?lang=en"><img src="https://tnimage.taiwannews.com.tw/photos/shares/5a77d2f435767.png" style="width: 600px; height: 338px;" alt="Japanese ice sculpture festival opened by former Kaohsiung mayor" /></a><br /> <span style="color:#696969;">(Image from Welcome to Sapporo)&nbsp;</span></p>  <p>Minus one&nbsp;degree Celsius (30 degrees Fahrenheit) weather&nbsp;did not intimidate&nbsp;spectators from attending the lighting ceremony and strolling through Odori Park to enjoy the art and&nbsp;take&nbsp;photos.</p>  <p>This year&rsquo;s festival boasts 120 ice sculptures. They&nbsp;will be lit daily from sundown to 10 p.m. through Feb. 12.</p>  <p>The Sapporo Snow Festival is one of the largest winter attractions in Hokkaido. Last year, the week-long event attracted 2,640,000 tourists.</p>  <p><img src="https://tnimage.taiwannews.com.tw/photos/shares/5a77d33b98c7b.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 400px;" alt="Japanese ice sculpture festival opened by former Kaohsiung mayor" /><br /> <span style="color:#696969;">(CNA image)&nbsp;</span></p>  <p>Prior to the unveiling ceremony, former mayor Hsieh hosted a dinner banquet for Taiwanese politicians in Japan.</p>  <p>Hsieh said that over 600,000 Taiwanese tourists visited the Sapporo Snow Festival last year. Hsieh&nbsp;advocates for more diplomatic exchanges between Taiwan and Japan, and proudly reviewed&nbsp;the economic and tourist memorandums signed last year between the two countries, <a href="http://www.cna.com.tw/news/aopl/201802050011-1.aspx">reported</a> CNA.</p>  <p><img src="https://tnimage.taiwannews.com.tw/photos/shares/5a77d3707765d.jpg" style="width: 333px; height: 500px;" alt="Japanese ice sculpture festival opened by former Kaohsiung mayor" /><br /> <span style="color:#696969;">(CNA image)&nbsp;</span></p>  <p>The Sapporo Snow Festival was first held in 1950. After Sapporo hosted the Winter Olympics in 1972, the Snow Festival received <a href="http://www.snowfes.com/english/history.html">international attention</a> and&nbsp;in 1974 the&nbsp;International Snow Sculpture Contest was added to further the city&#39;s international image.&nbsp;</p> </span>               <p><a href="https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3356255">新聞來源</a></p>

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