Harbin International Ice Festival 2012

Last year’s Harbin Ice and Snow Festival image set was very popular, so who are we to deny your fix for 2012. Some amazing sculptures and buildings have been carved out of the ice and snow in Harbin, China once again. [22 photos total]

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A winter swimmer jumps with a mop into the icy water of the Songhua River in Harbin, Heilongjiang province December 26, 2011. (REUTERS/Sheng Li) #
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A tourist records video on ice sculptures during the lights testing period of the 13th Harbin Ice and Snow World in Harbin, Heilongjiang province December 25, 2011. The Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival will be officially launched on January 5, 2012. Picture taken December 25, 2011. (REUTERS/Sheng Li) #
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A horse carriage carrying tourists travels past ice sculptures during the lights testing period of the 13th Harbin Ice and Snow World in Harbin, Heilongjiang province December 25, 2011. The Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival will be officially launched on January 5, 2012. Picture taken December 25, 2011. (REUTERS/Sheng Li) #
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Tourists visit ice sculptures during the testing period of the 13th Harbin Ice and Snow World in Harbin, Heilongjiang province December 25, 2011. The Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival will be officially launched on January 5, 2012. Picture taken December 25, 2011. (REUTERS/Sheng Li) #
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A horse carriage carrying tourists travels past ice sculptures during the lights testing period of the 13th Harbin Ice and Snow World in Harbin, Heilongjiang province December 25, 2011. The Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival will be officially launched on January 5, 2012. Picture taken December 25, 2011. (REUTERS/Sheng Li) #
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Tourists visit ice sculptures during the the lights testing period of the 13th Harbin Ice and Snow World in Harbin, Heilongjiang province December 25, 2011. The Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival will be officially launched on January 5, 2012. Picture taken December 25, 2011. (REUTERS/Sheng Li) #
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Tourists visit ice sculptures during the lights testing period of the 13th Harbin Ice and Snow World in Harbin, Heilongjiang province December 25, 2011. The Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival will be officially launched on January 5, 2012. Picture taken December 25, 2011. (REUTERS/Sheng Li) #
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Tourists visit ice sculptures during the lights testing period of the 13th Harbin Ice and Snow World in Harbin, Heilongjiang province December 25, 2011. The Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival will be officially launched on January 5, 2012. Picture taken December 25, 2011. (REUTERS/Sheng Li) #
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A visitor sleighs down a snow slope near ice sculptures during the lights testing period of the 13th Harbin Ice and Snow World in Harbin, Heilongjiang province December 25, 2011. The Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival will be officially launched on January 5, 2012. Picture taken December 25, 2011. (REUTERS/Sheng Li) #
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Tourists take pictures in front of a snow sculpture ahead of the 13th Harbin Ice and Snow World in Harbin, Heilongjiang province December 26, 2011. The Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival will be officially launched on January 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Sheng Li) #
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An employee pulls a dog sled carrying tourists in front of a snow sculpture ahead of the 13th Harbin Ice and Snow World in Harbin, Heilongjiang province December 26, 2011. The Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival will be officially launched on January 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Sheng Li) #
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A tourist poses for a photograph in front of a snow sculpture depicting the famous painting Barge Haulers on the Volga ahead of the 13th Harbin Ice and Snow World in Harbin, Heilongjiang province December 26, 2011. The Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival will be officially launched on January 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Sheng Li) #
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A tourist slides down an ice sculpture on the night before the opening ceremony of the 13th Harbin Ice and Snow World in Harbin, Heilongjiang province January 4, 2012. The Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival will be officially launched on January 5, 2012. Picture taken January 4, 2012. (REUTERS/Sheng Li) #
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Tourists visit ice sculptures on the night before the opening ceremony of the 13th Harbin Ice and Snow World in Harbin, Heilongjiang province January 4, 2012. The Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival will be officially launched on January 5, 2012. Picture taken January 4, 2012. (REUTERS/Sheng Li) #
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Tourists visit ice sculptures on the night before the opening ceremony of the 13th Harbin Ice and Snow World in Harbin, Heilongjiang province January 4, 2012. The Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival will be officially launched on January 5, 2012. Picture taken January 4, 2012. (REUTERS/Sheng Li) #
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A woman bleeds after she swam into a frozen portion of the icy water during a winter swimming competition at Songhua River in Harbin, Heilongjiang province January 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Sheng Li) #
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A man lifts his wife in front of a snow sculpture after a group wedding ceremony as part of the 28th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, Heilongjiang province January 6, 2012. The wedding was organised by the city government, and 18 couples from Nigeria, Russia and China participated in the ceremony, local media reported. (REUTERS/Sheng Li) #
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An employee pours boiling water into a pot at a restaurant built with ice cubes during the 28th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, Heilongjiang province January 6, 2012. Picture taken January 6, 2012. (REUTERS/Sheng Li) #
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Customers walk out from a restaurant built with ice cubes after having their meal during the 28th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, Heilongjiang province January 6, 2012. Picture taken January 6, 2012. (REUTERS/Sheng Li) #
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Spectators watch fireworks explode over ice sculptures during the official opening of the 13th Harbin International Ice and Snow World festival in Harbin, Heilongjiang province January 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Sheng Li) #
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Spectators watch fireworks explode over ice sculptures during the official opening of the 13th Harbin International Ice and Snow World festival in Harbin, Heilongjiang province January 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Sheng Li) #
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Spectators watch fireworks explode over ice sculptures during the official opening of the 13th Harbin International Ice and Snow World festival in Harbin, Heilongjiang province January 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Sheng Li) #

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