Ice City in Yekaterinburg, Russia
The Ice City on the main square of Yekaterinburg, Russia devoted to Anton Chekhov's Cherry Tree Orchard theme this year. In 2010 Russia is celebrating this famous writer's novel's 150th anniversary.
In the middle of the Ice City is a 44-meter high artificial New Year tree. This year is it almost 2 times higher that last year. The construction weights around 44 tons. It has 3200 fir branches with lights 15,000 meters of artificial needles. The lights change according to the music being played.
Besides the fir tree there are many ice constructions, related to the biography of the Russian writer. The biggest one is called Sakhalin. Anton Chekhov visited Yekaterinburg at the end of 19th Century, on his way to Sakhalin. For some days he stayed at American Hotel which was located on Pokrovsky Avenue (now it is Malishev str.).
There is also a skating rink and a bridge, ten 6-meter trees, chindren's slides. On the perimeter ther are 22 characters from Chekhov's novels all made of ice. The square is 1905 square of Yekaterinburg. The Ice City stays open from 29 December till 14 February 2010.
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