Tue, 07 Jan 2014 07:15:00 GMT | By Maureen O'Hare
2014 Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival

China's winter wonderland celebrates its 30th year



Night view of the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival 2014 (© REX/Wang Kai)
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  • Night view of the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival 2014 (© REX/Wang Kai)
  • Harbin Ice and Snow Festival 2014 (© Hong Wu/Getty Images)
  • man takes a picture of ice sculptures ahead of the Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival (© REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon)
  • Visitors pose in front of ice sculptures during a light-up rehearsal ahead of the Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival (© REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon)
  • A visitor rides a slide on an ice sculpture during a light-up rehearsal ahead of the Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival (© REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon)
  • Harbin Ice and Snow Festival 2013 (© HENG LI/RTR)
  • A swimmer reacts after swimming in a pool carved into the thick ice covering the Songhua River (© REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon)
  • A woman taking a photo with her mobile phone is silhouetted against an ice sculpture at the Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival (© REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon)
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Sunday, January 5 saw the official opening of the 30th Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in China. The largest festival of its kind, the Harbin festival this year employed over 7,000 artists and workers to complete the snow city which will be open to the public for one month. The city of Harbin is located in the north-east of the country and bears the full brunt of the cold winter wind from Siberia, making it the perfect spot to host this icy wonderland.

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