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Brrrrr. The Harbin ice and snow sculpture festival opens in China
Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Thousands of visitors are expected to brave brutally cold temperatures to attend the annual Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in a frigid corner of northeastern China.

The festival officially opened on Jan. 5, but work on the frozen winter wonderland began months ago.

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The sculptures, which are illuminated by lights at night, are made from tens of thousands of cubic feet of ice pulled from the Songhua river.

The result is nothing short of spectacular. 

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Visitors are dwarfed by a huge sculpture at the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in Harbin, northeast China, on Jan. 6, 2014.

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The impressive sculptures are illuminated at night by colored lights in the ice.

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Visitors stand in front of sculpture at the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival on Jan. 5, 2014, in Harbin.

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There's more to do in Harbin than look at ice sculptures. You can also take part in the ice swimming competition held in the frozen Songhua river.

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Visitors pose in front of a snow sculpture of a rubber duck at the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival on Jan. 5, 2014.

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Let's compare teeth. A visitor gets up close to a fierce-looking sculpture on display at the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in northeast China.

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The sculptures on display at the Harbin International Ice and Sculpture Festival in northeastern China aren't just for looking at. You can play on them too.

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Visitors brave temperatures of -17 degrees Fahrenheit at the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in northeastern China.

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This photo taken on Jan. 4, 2014, shows an ice sculptor putting the finishing touches to one of his creations at the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in northeastern China.

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Visitors stand on top of an ice castle at the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in northeastern China on Dec. 30, 2013. The festival officially opened on Jan. 5.

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