Sculptures From This International Ice And Snow Festival Are Mind-Boggling

The world’s largest ice festival began this week in Harbin, a city in the northeastern part of China.

The Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival goes through late February and features thousands of ice sculptures. The most spectacular of these works are the massive and elaborate recreations of castles, historic landmarks and famous figures, lit up at night in dazzling bright colors.

Eighteen million people attended last year’s festival. This year, besides subzero temperatures, attendees can expect an ice replica of Moscow’s Red Square and Bangkok’s Temple of the Emerald Buddha, as well as works by artist Han Zhenkun based on the country’s famous Silk Road.

Here are some photos of the eye-catching festival as it kicks off.

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A worker carves a snow sculpture at the Harbin International Snow Sculpture Art Expo.

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Tourists visit illuminated ice sculptures at Ice and Snow World park in Harbin. The park hosts the 34th Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival from Jan. 5 until the end of February.

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An illuminated ice castle is seen during the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival.

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An illuminated ice castle.

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An illuminated snow sculpture.

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People visit the illuminated ice castle.

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People visit the illuminated ice castle.

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An illuminated ice castle.

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Tourists walk among the various ice sculptures.

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A snow sculpture is seen during the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival.

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Tourists visit the Ice and Snow World park in Harbin.

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Tourists visit the sculptures.

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Tourists walk among the illuminated ice sculptures.

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Tourists visit illuminated ice sculptures at the Ice and Snow World park.

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An illuminated ice castle.

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Tourists visit the Harbin International Snow Sculpture Art Expo.

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Ice sculptures at the Ice and Snow World park.

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Tourists visit the Ice and Snow World park.

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