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Harbin International Festival of Snow and Ice

January 5 January, the Chinese city of Harbin, opened the largest international festival of snow and ice. The huge replica of world famous buildings, the giant 240-meter hill, churches and pagodas, and over a million visitors. The festival will last until the end of February.

Huge snow-ice city clock built annually about 10 000 people. At this time, the temperature is generally from 10C to 20C – perfect conditions for creating ice sculptures.

Harbin International Festival of Snow and Ice:

Harbin International Festival of Snow and Ice

3. For the first time the International festival of ice and snow was held here in 1963, but since then the tradition was interrupted several times (for example, during the Cultural Revolution). Since 1985, the festival is held every year and is now the largest festival in the world of its kind. (Photo by Wang Zhao):

Harbin International Festival of Snow and Ice

4. Polishing ice sculptures on January 4, 2016. (Photo by Aly Song | Reuters):

Harbin International Festival of Snow and Ice

5. Last year, the tallest ice sculpture had a height of about 46 meters and was made of 12 000 cubic meters of ice. (Photo by Aly Song | Reuters):

Harbin International Festival of Snow and Ice

6. Fans of extreme sports can take part in the swimming competition at icicles. (Photo by Aly Song | Reuters):

Harbin International Festival of Snow and Ice

7. Polishing hero. (Photo by Aly Song | Reuters):

Harbin International Festival of Snow and Ice

8. Ice structure on the background of Chinese residential anthills. (Photo by Aly Song | Reuters):

Harbin International Festival of Snow and Ice

9. Many of the ice structure recreate real famous buildings around the world. (Photo by Aly Song | Reuters):

Harbin International Festival of Snow and Ice

10. Colorful lights ice structures makes this place into a real fairytale city. (Photo by Wang Zhao):

Harbin International Festival of Snow and Ice

11. The scope of a truly Chinese. To build some ice structures used high-rise cranes. (Photo by Aly Song | Reuters):

Harbin International Festival of Snow and Ice

12. The kingdom of ice in Harbin on January 5, 2016. (Photo by Aly Song | Reuters):

Harbin International Festival of Snow and Ice

13. Ice city occupies an area of ​​approximately 0.6 square kilometers (Photo by Aly Song | Reuters):

Harbin International Festival of Snow and Ice

14. Without self – anywhere. (Photo by Wang Zhao):

Harbin International Festival of Snow and Ice

15. Fireworks. (Photo by Aly Song | Reuters):

Harbin International Festival of Snow and Ice

16. Fortress. (Photo by Aly Song | Reuters):

Harbin International Festival of Snow and Ice

17. The ice is extracted from the Songhua River; Sculpture created using lasers and other modern tools, while often used traditional methods of treatment and ice formed in China for centuries. (Photo by Aly Song | Reuters):

Harbin International Festival of Snow and Ice

18. In the windows lights on. (Photo by Aly Song | Reuters):

Harbin International Festival of Snow and Ice

19. (Photo by Aly Song | Reuters):

Harbin International Festival of Snow and Ice

20. Colorful kingdom of ice in Harbin on January 5, 2016. (Photo by Wang Zhao):

Harbin International Festival of Snow and Ice

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