Festival of Snow and Ice

In the cold north-east China city of Harbin is the 26th International festival of snow and ice. In several city parks, you can find a massive building of ice hanging over the river Songhua, large ice sculpture of a life-size ice slides, food and drinks. At night, turn on the lights, and frozen viewers see how sculptures are illuminated from both inside and outside. This year the festival opened on the 5th of January and will last until February.

Tourist came to see the ice sculpture of the 26th International festival of snow and ice in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China, Jan. 3, 2010




Workers make a snow sculpture festival in Harbin before December 18, 2009



Man in suit posing in front of Mickey Mouse snow sculptures in Harbin Park January 5, 2010



Work carves snow figure of the late Chinese leader Mao Zedong at the International festival of snow and ice in Harbin January 5, 2010



A woman prepares to jump into the icy water of the river in Harbin Songhua January 4, 2010


"Walrus" warmed up before jumping into the cold water of the river in Harbin Songhua January 4, 2010



A woman gets out on the icy stairs of Songhua River in Harbin, January 4, 2010


Workers make a snow pagoda in a park in Harbin January 5, 2010


Bride posing for photos after the wedding ceremony at the 26th International Festival of snow and ice in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China, Jan. 6, 2010


Couples participate in a group wedding ceremony in front of the image of Beijing Temple of Heaven of snow Jan. 6, 2010. The wedding was organized by the Government, and the ceremony was attended by 28 couples, which was attended by representatives of local governments


Visitors to the 26th International festival of snow and ice pose near giant sculptures in Harbin January 5, 2010


People came to see the ice sculptures in a park in Harbin night January 3, 2010


Ice sculptures are illuminated from the inside at the annual festival of snow and ice in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang in China January 5, 2010. Fairytale castles, towering pagodas, and even an Egyptian sphinx in an icy disguise - all this can be seen at this year's festival


A girl stands among the brightly lit trees at the International festival of snow and ice in Harbin January 6, 2010


Visitors to the exhibition are playing ice sculpture before the opening of the festival in Harbin December 18, 2009


Large and small ice sculptures are lit in the park in Harbin at the 26th International Festival of snow and ice January 5, 2010


People come to the Coliseum ice on ice and snow festival in Harbin January 3, 2010


Boy walking on icy stairs in Harbin, Heilongjiang Province, Dec. 24, 2009


People came to see the brightly lit inside an ice sculpture in Harbin December 24, 2009


Visitors walk between buildings made of ice at the International festival of snow and ice in Harbin January 5, 2010


Workers walk past an ice sculpture festival in Harbin December 18, 2009


People came to the ice sculpture in a park in Harbin December 24, 2009


Woman goes down with an icy hill at the festival in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang in China January 5, 2010


Woman waiting for tourists wanting to take a picture with her fox in Harbin January 3, 2010


Worker cleans the ice sculpture in the style of Disney before the opening of the festival of snow and ice in Harbin December 18, 2009


People came to see the tall ice pagodas in Harbin, Heilongjiang Province, Dec. 24, 2009


People walk on the lighted stairs to the International festival of snow and ice December 24, 2009


Lit brightly colored garlands trees and sculptures in the park Harbin January 6, 2010


Firework lights up the sky, marking the opening of the International festival of snow and ice in Harbin January 5, 2010


Visitors to the festival of snow and ice watch fireworks in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang, China, Jan. 5, 2010


Ice sculptures on the background of the salute at the 26th International Festival of snow and ice, January 5, 2010

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