Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival (哈尔滨国际冰雪节)

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Every January, the city of Harbin in frigid northeastern China gets its moment in the sun. Tourists flock to Harbin and endure temperatures as low as -35º Celsius (-31º Fahrenheit) to see massive snow and ice sculptures built from the nearby Songhua River’s frozen surface. At night, lights illuminate the ice and snow inside and out with bright colors. While the sculptures and parks are open from mid-December to late February, this year’s festival had its grand opening today.