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The 30th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival

Snow and ice has never looked this good. 10,000 workers assembled this frosty village in only 15 days.

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City of ice

Visitors tour ice sculptures during a light-up rehearsal ahead of the Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival.

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Hauling ice

Workers pull a giant ice cube out of the frozen Songhua River to make sculptures for the 30th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival. Each ice cube weighs about 550 pounds.

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Perfecting the sculpture

A worker polishes an ice sculpture ahead of the 30th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival.

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A palace emerges from the ice

Workers and a crane are seen next to a newly built ice sculpture of a castle ahead of the 30th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival.

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More than a snowman

Visitors walk past a giant snow sculpture ahead of the 30th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival.

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Ready to light up the night

Workers and scaffoldings are seen next to newly built ice sculptures illuminated by colored lights ahead of the 30th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival.

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An icy nod to ancient Rome

A worker takes a rest while giving the last touches to an ice replica of Rome's Colosseum in Harbin, Heilongjiang province January 4, 2014.

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An icy slide

A visitor goes for a ride down an ice slide.

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Take a pic

A tourist snaps a mobile picture in front of a towering ice building.

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Freeze frame

Visitors pose for a picture in front of towering blocks of ice.

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Bright lights

Visitors tour the ice sculptures during a light-up rehearsal ahead of the official opening.

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A cold ride

Not your average slip and slide: a visitor enjoys his ride. 

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The 30th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival

Snow and ice has never looked this good. 10,000 workers assembled this frosty village in only 15 days.

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