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The festival kicks off with a grand opening ceremony.

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Visitors walk among large ice sculptures.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: DIEGO AZUBEL / EPA

A sculpture dwarfs a visitor.

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Exploring the Ice and Snow World.

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Jellyfish add an eerie touch.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: DIEGO AZUBEL / EPA

Divers perform with Beluga whales at the Harbin Polarland Aquarium.

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Performers in Disney character outfits dance.

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Ice sculptures dwarf visitors.

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A horse-drawn carriage is one way to navigate the festival.

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A woman poses in front of an elaborate sculpture.

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Ice slides are another draw.

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Ice also makes for some slick fun.

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29th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival

Hundreds of massive sculptures and buildings constructed from ice blocks are on display at the 29th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival being held in China’s Heilongjiang province. This year’s “Ice and Snow World” features majestic ice castles and sculptures of fairy tale characters equipped with LED lights, bringing a colorful and warm aura to the icy wonderland.

2 Comments

  1. January 10, 2013, 11:10 pm

    A beautiful sight! Truy amazing that these structures are made of pure ice!

    By: Fake Name
  2. January 10, 2013, 11:12 pm

    A beautiful sight! Amazng that these fantastic structures are made of nothing more than pure ice.

    By: noemail@guest.edu

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