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Friday, December 26, 2008

  Largest Santa Claus ice sculpture-world record set by Chinese sculptors
  HARBIN, China -- A snow sculpture of Santa Claus, 160 meters (525 ft) long and 24 meters (79 feet) high, complete with flowing beard and hat, was created using 4,000 cubic meters of artificial snow by the chinese sculptors, setting the world record for the  Largest Santa Claus ice sculpture.
   Photo: Organizers said they had to artificially make snow for the Santa Claus sculpture. Still, the sculpture has attracted thousands of tourists from all over the country who want to enjoy a white Christmas despite worries over the economic downturn. / Reuters photo (enlarge photo)

  Its huge size and unseasonably warm temperatures have made the job especially challenging, said Tang Guangjun, one of the sculptors.

  "It is even bigger and higher than last year's, and more difficult. The weather swings between warm and cold, so it becomes very wet and slippery on the ice. It is very dangerous for us," he told Reuters Television.

  Organizers also constructed a number of colorful ice buildings in traditional Chinese style.

  Harbin, the capital of Heilongjiang province on the edge of Siberia, is one of China's coldest places. Winter temperatures can drop to below minus 35 degrees Celsius (- 31 F).

   Every year the city plays host to a world-renowned ice festival. But the effects of global warming are taking a toll as the snow and ice now melt more rapidly than in the past.

   An estimated 800,000 tourists from around China are expected to visit the festival, which traditionally runs from mid-December to early February.

  Last year one of the highlights of the festival was the unveiling of the world's tallest snow sculpture, "Romantic Feelings," 35 meters (115 feet) tall and 162 meters (531.5 feet) long.

  Father Christmas or "Shengdan laoren" (literally "The Old Man of Christmas") is a name used in many English speaking countries, for the gift-bringing figure of Christmas.
   Although "Father Christmas" and "Santa Claus" have for all practical purposes been merged, historically the characters were different.  
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  Longest letter to Santa Claus-world record set by the Romanian Post
  Largest Gathering Of Santa Clauses-world record set by Porto

  Largest collection of Santa Claus memorabilia-world record set by Jean Guy Laquerre

  Tallest snowman-world record set by Bethel residents  

  Longest time spent inside an inflatable snowglobe-world record set by Ben Eckerson

   Biggest fireworks show on the barge-Fireworks do Brasil sets world record

 Largest winter footwear-world record set by Tsar-Valenok

 Largest Santa Claus ice sculpture-world record set by Chinese sculptors   

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