The Venetian presents a winter wonderland this summer
Think "summertime in Macao" and you probably won’t envisage a frozen wonderland. But that’s exactly what you’ll find at The Venetian Macao.
Kung Fu Panda Adventure Ice World with the DreamWorks All-Stars, which opened in March, will welcome visitors until July 9.
The subzero world is the largest of its kind in Asia, spread over 1,600 square metres of exhibition space, with temperatures set to a bone-chilling minus-8 degrees Celsius. A team of 36 ice-carving experts from Harbin carved about 1,250 tonnes of ice into seven zones of sculptures, inspired by six DreamWorks Animations – namely Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar, Shrek, How to Train Your Dragon, The Croods and Trolls.
Everything in the exhibition - from popular cartoon heroes like Po the panda, the green ogre Shrek and his family, to all the sets and decorations - was created entirely out of ice. The show is the result of 300 hours of work by the team from Harbin, the city known worldwide for its annual ice festival. The Macao show, hosted by Sands, is now in its fifth year.
Introducing the show, Bai Wei, general manager of Heilongjian Provincial Ice Fun World Culture Communication, says: “It’s getting more and more challenging every time. Some [of the sculptures] are almost impossible to make out of ice … You can’t find anything like this anywhere else in the world.”
Characters from the movie Trolls are new elements at this year’s exhibition. In the Trolls zone, visitors get the chance to whizz down an ice slide and see all-new multicoloured troll ice sculptures. The trolls’ up-combed proved to be one of the biggest challenges yet for the ice experts: “At first, we thought it was really hard to sculpture the trolls out of ice,” Bai says. “The final effect – especially the colours – is amazing. Our craftsmen put a lot of effort into it.” Bai explains that the ice sculptors had to devise their own special method to blend the 20 different coloured ices seamlessly without any visible joins.
On leaving the show, visitors can meet the living versions of their DreamWorks heroes, take part in themed games and have their picture taken.
One reminder: while visitors can borrow hooded coats at the entrance, it is also recommended that you bring extra warm clothes!
Date: Until July 9
Venue: Cotai Expo Hall F, The Venetian Macao
Opening Hours: 11am–8pm (last admission at 7:30 pm)
Price: Patacas/HK$120 Adults and children (ages 3-12) Patacas/HK$312 Family package (three family members and one child aged three or above)
Online ticketing: http://www.cotaiticketing.com