Photo tour: Harbin International Ice Festival in China

Chilly winter weather is sweeping its way across the world, and in Harbin, China, local artists are celebrating January’s ice and snow through sculptures and artwork during the 30th annual Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival.

This year’s month-long celebration kicked off on Jan. 5 with the debut of thousands of sculptures, recreational areas and monumental replica towns and architecture throughout the city, all made with ice from the nearby Songhua River. The icy wonderland takes roughly 7,000 artists and sculptors to create the final masterpiece, which will be open to visitors through the end of February.

Take a look at some of the breathtaking creations that have been part of the festival through the years.

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(Image: docsdl)

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(Image: Johan Bilien used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)

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(Image: indiekate2 used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)

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(Image: indiekate2 used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)

(Image: indiekate2 used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)

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(Image: mickeyvdo)

(Image: Michael Kan)

(Image: Michael Kan)

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(Image: zieak)

 

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