For a few months each winter, Harbin, China, turns into a fantastical “city of ice.” From January 5 through February 25, this chilly provincial capital plays host to the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival.
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Artists create an incredible display of large-scale sculpture, architecture and design built entirely from snow and ice.
The spectacle may be temporary, but for award-winning ice sculptor Jinnan Zheng, the preparation begins long before the first snowflakes fall.
Some of the ice structures at the festival reach around 46 metres high. The festival first started in 1963.