Updated: Wed, 13 Feb 2013 03:00:00 GMT | By Thomas Oakey, Francis Whittaker
2013 Sapporo Snow Festival

Sculpture of Taiwan's Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall at Sapporo Snow Festival



Taiwan's Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall (© AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Taiwan's Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall (© AFP/Getty Images)
  • Thailand's Wat Benchamabophit (© The Asahi Shimbun/Getty Images)
  • Visitors admire snow sculptures at Sapporo Snow Festival (© AFP/Getty Images)
  • A Japanese garden at the Sapporo Snow Festival (© KAZUMAC/Demotix/Corbis)
  • Anime character Chibi Maruko-chan and her family in Hawaii (© AFP/Getty Images)
  • A swan at the Sapporo Snow Festival (© KAZUMAC/Demotix/Corbis)
  • Thailand's Wat Benchamabophit (© AFP/Getty Images)
  • .Hoheikan Historical Guest House (© The Asahi Shimbun/Getty Images)
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Japan's world-famous Sapporo Snow Festival has just drawn to a close, with an estimated 2 million people visiting the northern city to see some truly stunning snow and ice scupltures from around the world.

Click on to see stunning pictures of how this chilly corner of Hokkaido was transformed into a winter wonderland!

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