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Towering sculptures at the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival

The International Harbin Ice and Snow Festival held in Harbin, in China’s northern Heilongjiang province, is set to open Thursday. The annual three-month-long festival attracts visitors from all over China as well as a number of foreign guests who brave below-zero temperatures to see colorful large ice and snow sculptures, ride horse-drawn carriages and enjoy a number of winter activities set up on the sidelines of the festival.