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The song of ice and snow: China kicks off the largest ice festival in Harbin

Updated : January 08, 2019 01:24 PM IST

China’s Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival returns for the 35th year in Heilongjiang Province in northern China.

The festival which is nothing short of a winter wonderland, opened on January 5 and will continue for a month featuring elaborate frozen castles, lifesize snowmen, ice sculptures and spectacular installation and activities.

Since 1985, the Harbin International Snow and Ice Festival has become one of the biggest snow festival destinations in the world, joining the ranks of the Sapporo Snow Festival in Japan, Canada's Quebec Winter Carnival and Norway's Holmenkollen Ski Festival.

Take a look at the elaborate displays at the Ice Festival.

Image Credits: Reuters/Associated Press (AP)

An aerial view shows fireworks explode over ice sculptures during the opening of the annual Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin in northeast China's Heilongjiang province. The Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival is known for massive, elaborate and colorfully lit ice sculptures featuring animals, cartoon characters and famous landmarks. (Chinatopix via AP)
An aerial view shows fireworks explode over ice sculptures during the opening of the annual Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin in northeast China's Heilongjiang province. The Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival is known for massive, elaborate and colorfully lit ice sculptures featuring animals, cartoon characters and famous landmarks. (Chinatopix via AP)
An aerial view taken with a drone shows visitors tour the colorful building structures made from blocks of ice at the Harbin International Ice and Snow festival held in Harbin in northeastern's China's Heilongjiang province, Friday, January 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Olivia Zhang)
An aerial view taken with a drone shows visitors tour the colorful building structures made from blocks of ice at the Harbin International Ice and Snow festival held in Harbin in northeastern's China's Heilongjiang province, Friday, January 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Olivia Zhang)
An aerial view taken with a drone shows visitors tour colorful structure made from blocks of ice at the Harbin International Ice and Snow festival held in Harbin in northeastern's China's Heilongjiang province, Friday, January 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Olivia Zhang)
An aerial view taken with a drone shows visitors tour colorful structure made from blocks of ice at the Harbin International Ice and Snow festival held in Harbin in northeastern's China's Heilongjiang province, Friday, January 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Olivia Zhang)
An aerial view taken with a drone shows visitors tour colorful Colosseum of Rome made from blocks of ice at the Harbin International Ice and Snow festival held in Harbin in northeastern's China's Heilongjiang province, Friday, January 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Olivia Zhang)
An aerial view taken with a drone shows visitors tour colorful Colosseum of Rome made from blocks of ice at the Harbin International Ice and Snow festival held in Harbin in northeastern's China's Heilongjiang province, Friday, January 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Olivia Zhang)
Visitors play slide as others tour colorful building structures made from blocks of ice at the Harbin International Ice and Snow festival held in Harbin in northeastern's China's Heilongjiang province. (Chinatopix via AP)
Visitors play slide as others tour colorful building structures made from blocks of ice at the Harbin International Ice and Snow festival held in Harbin in northeastern's China's Heilongjiang province. (Chinatopix via AP)
Visitors tour colorful building structures made from blocks of ice at the Harbin International Ice and Snow festival held in Harbin in northeastern's China's Heilongjiang province. (Chinatopix via AP)
Visitors tour colorful building structures made from blocks of ice at the Harbin International Ice and Snow festival held in Harbin in northeastern's China's Heilongjiang province. (Chinatopix via AP)
Visitors ride a horse drawn carriage past a colorful castle-like structure made from blocks of ice at the Harbin International Ice and Snow festival held in Harbin in northeastern's China's Heilongjiang province. (Chinatopix via AP)
Visitors ride a horse drawn carriage past a colorful castle-like structure made from blocks of ice at the Harbin International Ice and Snow festival held in Harbin in northeastern's China's Heilongjiang province. (Chinatopix via AP)
Visitors walk on a ice blocks bridge against colorful building structures made from blocks of ice at the Harbin International Ice and Snow festival held in Harbin in northeastern's China's Heilongjiang province. (Chinatopix via AP)
Visitors walk on a ice blocks bridge against colorful building structures made from blocks of ice at the Harbin International Ice and Snow festival held in Harbin in northeastern's China's Heilongjiang province. (Chinatopix via AP)
Visitors walk by structures made from blocks of ice at the Harbin International Ice and Snow festival held in Harbin in northeastern's China's Heilongjiang province. (Chinatopix via AP)
Visitors walk by structures made from blocks of ice at the Harbin International Ice and Snow festival held in Harbin in northeastern's China's Heilongjiang province. (Chinatopix via AP)
An aerial view shows fireworks explode over ice sculptures during the opening of the annual Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin in northeast China's Heilongjiang province, Saturday, January 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Olivia Zhang)
An aerial view shows fireworks explode over ice sculptures during the opening of the annual Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin in northeast China's Heilongjiang province, Saturday, January 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Olivia Zhang)
A couple walk between snowmen on Songhua River that displays 2019 snowmen as a part of annual ice festival, in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China January 4, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
A couple walk between snowmen on Songhua River that displays 2019 snowmen as a part of annual ice festival, in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China January 4, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
A cleaner sweeps the snow to prepare opening for pubic during the annual ice festival in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China January 7, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu 0
A cleaner sweeps the snow to prepare opening for pubic during the annual ice festival in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China January 7, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu 0
A snowmaking machine sprays artificial snow in front of the ice sculptures during the annual ice festival in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China January 7, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
A snowmaking machine sprays artificial snow in front of the ice sculptures during the annual ice festival in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China January 7, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
Ice sculptures are seen during the annual ice festival in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China January 7, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
Ice sculptures are seen during the annual ice festival in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China January 7, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
Visitors walk around ice sculptures during the annual ice festival in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China January 7, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
Visitors walk around ice sculptures during the annual ice festival in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China January 7, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
Gentoo penguins are seen during a promotional event during an annual ice festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China January 6, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
Gentoo penguins are seen during a promotional event during an annual ice festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China January 6, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
Visitors walk around ice sculptures illuminated by coloured lights during the annual ice festival in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China January 5, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
Visitors walk around ice sculptures illuminated by coloured lights during the annual ice festival in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China January 5, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
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