The 2015 Harbin Ice and Snow Festival

Every year, in northeast China's Heilongjiang province, the city of Harbin hosts the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, featuring massive ice and snow sculptures. At night, the sculptures are colorfully illuminated and visitors can climb and play on some of the structures. The festival officially opened on January 5 this year, and will run through the end of February. According to organizers, the winter festival now draws several million tourists each year, from China and from abroad.
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1. People visit ice sculptures illuminated by colored lights during a trial operation ahead of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China, on January 4, 2015.




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2. Workers polish a snow sculpture ahead of the Harbin Ice and Snow World on December 22, 2014.




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3. Visitors walk past a train-shaped ice sculpture ahead of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival on January 4, 2015.




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4. A man clad in a teddy bear suit leans on a snow sculpture during the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival on January 5, 2015.




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5. People visit ice sculptures illuminated by colored lights during the opening day of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival on January 5, 2015.




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6. A couple takes pictures on a snow sculpture during the Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin on January 5, 2015.




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7. People visit brightly illuminated ice sculptures ahead of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Heilongjiang province on January 4, 2015.




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8. A father helps his son to ride a cycle over ice in Harbin on January 5, 2015.




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9. People visit newly-built ice sculptures during a trial operation of the Harbin Ice and Snow World on December 22, 2014.




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10. Newlywed couples, after their group wedding ceremony, which was held as part of the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival on January 6, 2015. The wedding ceremony was organized by the city government and 11 couples from China, Russia and Egypt participated in the ceremony.




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11. A newlywed bride poses for her wedding photographs with an ice sculpture in the northern city of Harbin on January 6, 2015.




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12. A newlywed couple poses in cold weather for their wedding photographs after their group wedding ceremony in Harbin on January 6, 2015.




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13. A woman takes a souvenir picture in front of a large snow sculpture during the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival on January 6, 2015.




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14. A man jumps for a photo in front of large snow sculptures in the northern city of Harbin, China, on January 6, 2015.




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15. A picture taken on January 4, 2015 shows a couple posing at the China Ice and Snow World on the eve of the opening ceremony of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival.




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16. Visitors use kaleidoscopes arrayed near ice sculptures in the northern city of Harbin on January 4, 2015.




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17. People visit the China Ice and Snow World on the eve of the opening ceremony of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival on January 4, 2015.




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18. People visit ice sculptures in China's northern city of Harbin on January 4, 2015.




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19. People visit a maze built with ice bricks and illuminated by colored lights ahead of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival on January 4, 2015.




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20. A woman looks for space to hang her red ribbon bearing a wish inside an illuminated ice sculpture in Harbin on January 5, 2015.




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21. A woman rides a slide on lit ice sculptures on opening day of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival on January 5, 2015.




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22. Tourists sit on a horse-drawn carriage in front of ice sculptures in Harbin on January 4, 2015.




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23. A woman rides horse-shaped ice sculpture on opening day of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival on January 5, 2015.




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24. People visit the China Ice and Snow World in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province, on January 4, 2015.




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25. People ride slides on ice sculptures illuminated by colored lights in Harbin on January 5, 2015.




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26. A woman takes a picture with a white fox in front of brightly-lit ice sculptures on the opening day of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival on January 5, 2015.