Northern China gets pretty cold but they take advantage of abundant ice and snow to create some of the most amazing frozen structures.
At the Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in northeastern China, the 26th annual International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival features massive buildings built of ice from the frozen surface of the nearby Songhua River, large scale snow sculptures, and ice slides.
At night, visitors who endure the bitter cold see the lights switched on, illuminating the sculptures from both inside and outside (right). This year's festival opened January 5th and will remain open until some time in February.
Click on the heading above to see several photos from just before the festival and of the opening night, posted on Boston.com.