The 2015 Harbin Ice and Snow Festival

Every year, in northeast China's Heilongjiang province, the city of Harbin hosts the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, featuring massive ice and snow sculptures. At night, the sculptures are colorfully illuminated and visitors can climb and play on some of the structures. The festival officially opened on January 5 this year, and will run through the end of February. According to organizers, the winter festival now draws several million tourists each year, from China and from abroad. [26 photos total]

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People visit ice sculptures illuminated by colored lights during a trial operation ahead of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China, on January 4. (Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters) #
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Workers polish a snow sculpture ahead of the Harbin Ice and Snow World on December 22. (Reuters) #
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Visitors walk past a train-shaped ice sculpture ahead of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival on January 4. (Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters) #
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A man clad in a teddy bear suit leans on a snow sculpture during the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival on January 5. (Fred DuFour/AFP/Getty Images) #
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People visit ice sculptures illuminated by colored lights during the opening day of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival on January 5. (Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters) #
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A couple takes pictures on a snow sculpture during the Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin on January 5. (Fred DuFour/AFP/Getty Images) #
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People visit brightly illuminated ice sculptures ahead of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Heilongjiang province on January 4. (Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters) #
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A father helps his son to ride a cycle over ice in Harbin on January 5. (Fred DuFour/AFP/Getty Images) #
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People visit newly-built ice sculptures during a trial operation of the Harbin Ice and Snow World on December 22. (Stringer/Reuters) #
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Newlywed couples, after their group wedding ceremony, which was held as part of the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival on January 6. The wedding ceremony was organized by the city government and 11 couples from China, Russia and Egypt participated in the ceremony. (Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters) #
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A newlywed bride poses for her wedding photographs with an ice sculpture in the northern city of Harbin on January 6. (Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters) #
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A newlywed couple poses in cold weather for their wedding photographs after their group wedding ceremony in Harbin on January 6. (Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters) #
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A woman takes a souvenir picture in front of a large snow sculpture during the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival on January 6. (Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters) #
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A man jumps for a photo in front of large snow sculptures in the northern city of Harbin, China, on January 6. (Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters) #
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A picture taken on January 4 shows a couple posing at the China Ice and Snow World on the eve of the opening ceremony of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival. (Fred DuFour/AFP/Getty Images) #
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Visitors use kaleidoscopes arrayed near ice sculptures in the northern city of Harbin on January 4. (Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters) #
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People visit the China Ice and Snow World on the eve of the opening ceremony of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival on January 4. (Fred DuFour/AFP/Getty Images) #
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People visit ice sculptures in China's northern city of Harbin on January 4. (Kim Kyung-Hoo/Reuters) #
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People visit a maze built with ice bricks and illuminated by colored lights ahead of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival on January 4. (Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters) #
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A woman looks for space to hang her red ribbon bearing a wish inside an illuminated ice sculpture in Harbin on January 5. (Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters) #
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A woman rides a slide on lit ice sculptures on opening day of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival on January 5. (Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters) #
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Tourists sit on a horse-drawn carriage in front of ice sculptures in Harbin on January 4. (Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters) #
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A woman rides horse-shaped ice sculpture on opening day of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival on January 5. (Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters) #
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People visit the China Ice and Snow World in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province, on January 4. (Fred DuFour/AFP/Getty Images) #
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People ride slides on ice sculptures illuminated by colored lights in Harbin on January 5. (Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters) #
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A woman takes a picture with a white fox in front of brightly-lit ice sculptures on the opening day of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival on January 5. (Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters) #

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