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Harbin – Ice and Snow Festival 2012

The annual International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, conducted since 1963, its only a few times interrupted the Cultural Revolution, and in 1985 the festival resumed. Harbin – the capital of Heilongjiang Province in northeast China. He was nicknamed “Ice City”, which is quite eloquent,the average winter temperature is -18 ° C. Officially, the festival kicked off January 5 and will last for one month, although the exhibition are delayed much longer, if weather permits. Festival in Harbin,one of the four largest ice and snow festivals in the world, the other three are in Japan, Canada and Norway.1. Tourists walk among the ice sculptures during the opening Test of the International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin. (Sheng Li )
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2. The newlyweds enjoyed their luck after a mass wedding ceremony at a festival in Harbin. The wedding was organized by the city authorities, and the ceremony was attended by 18 couples from Nigeria, Russia and China. (Sheng Li )

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3. Girls posing in front of an ice castle before the opening ceremony of the festival. (Andy Wong )

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4. Swimmer jumps into the water of the Songhua River in Harbin.

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5. Artist resting against the scenery during a rehearsal for the opening ceremony. (Sheng Li )

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6. Sunset behind the castle from blocks of ice in Harbin. (Andy Wong)

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7. All the beauty of snow and ice festival in Harbin. Among the many exhibits were icy fairytale castles, pagodas, and even the Egyptian Sphinx. (Stringer )

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8. Woman pouring tea in the restaurant of the blocks of ice. (Sheng Li )

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9. Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, conducted  26 th time, not only attracts visitors from China and from abroad for its amazing ice sculptures, illuminated from within. (Stringer )

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10. Best time to visit the exhibition, of course, after dark, when ice covers the masterpieces of the colorful lights. (Stringer )

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11. Visitors watch fireworks at the opening ceremony of the festival. (Sheng Li )

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12. Fireworks explode over the snow-covered hill, dancing on the Chinese dancers. (Andy Wong )

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13. Woman photographing the colorful ice sculpture. (Andy Wong )

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14. Visitors to bypass the building of ice. (Andy Wong )

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15. People enjoy the views of the snow and ice festival in Harbin. (Andy Wong)

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16. Climber demonstrates his abilities on the ice sculpture. (Andy Wong )

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17. Visitors of the festival watching the fireworks over the icy masterpieces. (Andy Wong )

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18. Tourists visit ice sculptures. (Sheng Li )

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19. Colorful colors create ice sculptures intriguing backdrop for photos. (Sheng Li )

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20. Visitors get lost in a fantasy ice castle. (Andy Wong)

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21. The Chinese city of Harbin is famous for its frosts, and it is rightly called the “Ice City”. (Andy Wong)

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22. Even the staircase made of ice. (Andy Wong )

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23. Magical world of ice can be studied in a carriage. (Sheng Li)

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24. The wagon carries tourists to the exhibition. (Sheng Li )

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25. People at the International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin. (ChinaFotoPress)

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26. Customers have decided to eat after a long examination of ice masterpieces. (Sheng Li)

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27. Spectators watching  fireworks at the opening ceremony. (Sheng Li )

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28. Workers install a tree with garlands near the ice houses. (Andy Wong )

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