For travellers looking to embrace the joys of winter, the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in China has begun in a celebration of all things snowy and cold.
The annual festival, which runs until the end of February, drew in more than one million visitors last year.
The ice festival officially opened last week, and has been attracting tourists to the city in the north-eastern Heilongjiang province of China.
The festival brings together thousands of sculptures, which are illuminated at night to turn the place into a kaleidoscopic winter wonderland.
However, visitors will have to be ready to truly embrace the winter – the forecast for this week in Harbin calls for low temperatures of -28C and highs of only -11C.