Harbin Ice and Snow Festival: China's city of illuminated ice

Harbin, China. Jan. 24, 2010.

Harbin, one of China's coldest cities, is home to massive ice sculptures that have been created for a special winter festival that attracts millions of visitors every year.

Harbin's Ice and Snow festival, one of the largest ice-carving festivals in the world, officially starts on Jan. 5 and lasts at least one month or longer, weather permitting.

The sculptures, cut from the frozen surface of the nearby Songhua River, are illuminated with colorful lights at night.

Check out a panorama of the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival: