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MACAU Ice World will be returning The Venetian Macao for its second consecutive year, transforming the resort's 1,672 sqm CotaiExpo Hall F into a winter wonderland. It is part of Sands China's  continuous effort to broaden the territory's appeal by creating special events and attractions that are designed for a limited run.

Claiming to be Asia's biggest ice event, it will feature a whole new set of intricate ice sculptures displayed in 10 different zones. Some of the standout sections include replicas of Macau’s signature icons like the lotus flower, pandas and the Macau Grand Prix.

Others that are not-to-be-missed are the Fairy Tale Forest, Russian Magic Maze and the musical hall and gallery, which contains ice instruments like guitar, drums and piano.

“About 230,000 people visited (the Ice World exhibition) last year, averaging about 1,600 visitors per day,” said Gene Capuano, vice-president of Convention & Exhibition Operations at The Venetian Macao. “To meet popular demand, we extended the exhibition period for an additional month to allow more people to come and see the fantastic display of ice sculptures, and to cool off during the hot Macao summer."

Supported by the Macau Government Tourist Office and launched together with the Heliongjiang Provincial Ice and Snow Art Development, Ice World 2012 will run from May 19 to September 16. Opening hours are from 12pm to 8pm daily, with a general admission price of MOP100 (US$13).

Randall Sim


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