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Copenhagen amusement park hosts Chinese ice sculptures
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Starting from Tuesday, the old Tivoli amusement park in the Danish capital will be host to a large number of ice sculptures made by Chinese artists.

From Nov. 23 to Dec. 30, the Tivoli will exhibit the creations in front of its Chinese theater, also called the Pantomime Theater.

The sculptures are created by the Chinese artists, Bo Li and Di Liu, who according to Danish daily Politiken have won several prices for their artistic skills in transforming ice into art.

"When we are talking about ice sculptures, we want some of the best artists in the world," Torben Plank, press officer in Tivoli, told Politiken on Monday.

"We have gotten these Chinese artists, who have won prizes in China and many other places. They are really good at their craft."

The two artists work eight hours each day to transform 125 kilograms of ice into delicate art. Typically they produce eight sculptures each day.

To make the ice sculptures, special water needs to be prepared.

"You need have a large container, where you separate the calcium from the water," said Morten Mikkelsen, CEO of the Danish ice company Moffeice.

"That is how you get so clear and transparent blocks of ice."

The Tivoli Gardens is located in central Copenhagen. The park opened in 1843 and is one of the oldest public amusement parks in the world. It is also known simply as Tivoli amongst local Danes and from its initial opening it had many buildings in Chinese style. In fact, one of the attractions of the garden is the so-called Chinese tower, which is an imitation of a Chinese pagoda.

(Xinhua News Agency November 23, 2010)

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