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Galveston County
News Release
Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Carvers from China return to Galveston for 5th year to create ICE LAND

Galveston, Texas – After traveling halfway around the world, a team of internationally-acclaimed Chinese ice carvers made their way to Galveston’s Moody Gardens Friday morning to a warm welcome, before setting out to create holiday and animal themed sculptures from two million pounds of ice.

The team of 25 master carvers will spend the next six weeks sculpting ordinary 300-pound blocks of colored ice into works of art and more as they create ICE LAND: Pole-to-Pole, opening Nov. 17.

This year’s ICE LAND theme takes guests on a journey from the North to South poles. The CAA Ruijing Ice Carving Team will even create a giant ice slide that will take guests on a glacial journey. Guests will encounter polar bears, penguins, humpback whales, snowy owls, walruses, and of course, reindeer – all hand-carved out of two million pounds of ice inside a 28,000 sq. ft. insulated tent structure chilled and maintained at nine degrees. Shiver’s Ice Bar also returns to ICE LAND this year as guests enjoy ultra-cool holiday spirits as they enter this bar made completely of ice creatively transformed into an igloo this year to fit the Pole-to-Pole theme.

The team is led by chief ice and snow carving artist Mr. Qui Guanghui, who has received top honors in numerous international tournaments including the Harbin International Ice and Snow Carving and the Chinese National Ice Carving Competition.

“The ice carving team creates something unique and spectacular every year,” said John Zendt, Moody Gardens President and CEO. “Guests will marvel with new surprises as they see the amazing talent and dedication that goes into creating ICE LAND.”

ICE LAND: Pole-to-Pole, the only ice sculpture exhibition on the Gulf Coast, is open through Jan. 6, 2019.

Guests who want an ultra-chill behind-the-scenes look at how ice carvers transform two million pounds of ice into the towering, colorful sculptures can sign up for the exclusive Ice Carver VIP Experience Tour, be offered daily Oct. 6 through Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The $199 package allows guests advance access to see the ice carvers in action as they create the giant ice sculptures. Guests will also go behind the scenes at the Aquarium Pyramid to meet a real penguin and enjoy lunch with the Ice Carving Team.

The Ice Carver VIP Experience package has limited availability. Advance reservations required 409-683-4375.

Other holiday attractions include Festival of Lights, Cirque Joyeux, Rudolph 4D, 3D films, ice skating, an Arctic Slide and train rides, plus live entertainment and great food. For more information about these attractions and discounted ticket options, please call 409-744-4673 or visit

Moody Gardens® is a public, non-profit, educational destination utilizing nature in the advancement of rehabilitation, conservation, recreation, and research.

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