The 2015 festivities kicked off this week and are as spectacular as ever. Each year, in the northern city of Harbin, China, crowds gather to view and explore the winter wonderland of sculptures displayed for the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival. It’s hard to believe, but everything in this inviting, life-size theme park is made of ice and snow.
Look at some fantastic images captured at the festival and how it truly comes alive at night.
Photos by: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters
01. Visitors walk past a train-shaped ice sculpture
02. Workers polish a snow sculpture
03. Visitors take pictures with a bell displayed with ice sculptures
04. A visitor enters a maze made of ice bricks
05. A woman rides a slide on an ice sculpture
06. Visitors use kaleidoscopes displayed with ice sculptures
07. A worker polishes a snow sculpture
08. A visitor has his picture taken with a piano-shaped ice sculpture
09. A couple takes a photo with an ice sculpture
10. A visitor takes a photo with an ice sculpture
11. Visitors look around ice sculptures
12. A worker polishes an ice sculpture
13. Workers polish a snow sculpture
14. Visitors walking past an ice sculpture are seen through a frozen window
15. People visit a maze built with ice bricks and illuminated by colored lights during a trial operation
16. A man rides a slide on an ice sculpture illuminated by colored lights during a trial operation
17. People visit ice sculptures illuminated by colored lights during a trial operation
20. People visit ice sculptures illuminated by colored lights during a trial operation
21. Tourists sit on a horse-drawn carriage in front of ice sculptures illuminated by colored lights during a trial operation.
If you’re in China this winter, you can catch the 31st annual festivities up until February 25. Check the festival’s website for more details.
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