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Annual ice and snow festival opens in Harbin

Illuminated ice sculptures at the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival.
Illuminated ice sculptures at the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival. Image by Steve Langguth / CC BY 2.0

The annual Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival opened on Monday in northeastern China. Now in its thirty-first year, the festival attracted a flurry of visitors to its ‘ice and snow world’ – a collection of giant ice sculptures, many carved into the shapes of iconic world buildings, that are illuminated in bright colours each evening. Other activities include ice slides, an ice maze and ice skating and fishing on the frozen Songhua River. The festival runs for about three months. Read more: theguardian.com