20+ Unbelievable Creations From The 31st Harbin International Ice And Snow Festival

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. The 2015 festivities kicked off this week and they’re as spectacular as ever. It’s hard to believe, but everything in this inviting, life-size theme park is made of ice and snow.Take at look at some of the amazing images captured at the festival and how it truly comes alive at night.

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Visitors walk past a train-shaped ice sculpture ahead of the 31st Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province, January 4, 2015. The winter festival will be officially opened on January 5, 2015. (Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)

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Workers polish a snow sculpture ahead of the 31st Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province, January 4, 2015. (Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)

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Visitors take pictures with a bell which is displayed with ice sculptures ahead of the 31st Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province, January 4, 2015. (Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)

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A visitor makes her way in a maze which is made by ice bricks ahead of the 31st Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province, January 4, 2015. (Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)

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A woman rides a slide on an ice sculpture ahead of the 31st Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province, January 4, 2015. (Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)

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Visitors use kaleidoscopes which are displayed with ice sculptures ahead of the 31st Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province, January 4, 2015. (Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)

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A worker polishes a snow sculpture ahead of the 31st Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province, January 4, 2015. (Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)

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A visitor has his picture taken with a piano-shaped ice sculpture ahead of the 31st Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province, January 4, 2015. (Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)

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A couple takes a picture with an ice sculpture ahead of the 31st Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province, January 4, 2015. (Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)

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A visitor takes a picture with an ice sculpture ahead of the 31st Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province, January 4, 2015. (Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)

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Visitors look around ice sculptures ahead of the 31st Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province, January 4, 2015. (Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)

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A worker polishes an ice sculpture ahead of the 31st Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province, January 4, 2015. (Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)

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Workers polish a snow sculpture ahead of the 31st Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province, January 4, 2015. (Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)

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Visitors walking past an ice sculpture are seen through a frozen window ahead of the 31st Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province, January 4, 2015. (Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)

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People visit a maze which was built by ice bricks and illuminated by coloured lights during a trial operation ahead of the 31st Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province, January 4, 2015. (Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)

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A man rides a slide on an ice sculpture illuminated by coloured lights during a trial operation ahead of the 31st Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province, January 4, 2015. (Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)

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People visit ice sculptures illuminated by coloured lights during a trial operation ahead of the 31st Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province, January 4, 2015. (Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)

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People visit ice sculptures illuminated by coloured lights during a trial operation ahead of the 31st Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province, January 4, 2015. (Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)

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People visit ice sculptures illuminated by coloured lights during a trial operation ahead of the 31st Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province, January 4, 2015. (Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)

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People visit ice sculptures illuminated by coloured lights during a trial operation ahead of the 31st Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province, January 4, 2015. (Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)

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Tourists sit on a horse-drawn carriage in front of ice sculptures illuminated by coloured lights, during a trial operation ahead of the 31st Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province, January 4, 2015. (Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)

If you’re in China this winter, you can catch the 31st annual festivities up until February 25th. Check the festival’s website for more details.

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Architecture & Design was started by an Afghan entrepreneur, he believes that wellbeing is affected by the spaces we spend our time in and that their design is an important notion to consider with regards to our personal comfort and happiness – whether we are at home, at work or at play.

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