A cold snap in northern China has thrown daily life into confusion, but is ideal for fairy tale palaces, towering pagodas, and even a sphinx — all carved from ice — that make up the sights at this year's Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival. Full story
The International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, the capital of China's Hellongiang Province, is held every year and attracts hundreds of thousands of revelers.
epa02516507 A Chinese swimmer looks out from the window of the men's changing room before swimming across a pool cut out of the frozen waters of the Songhua Jiang river in sub-zero temperatures during a winter swimming event as part of the International Harbin Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northe
Spectators watch fireworks explode over ice sculptures at the 12th Harbin Ice and Snow World display during the official opening of the Harbin International Ice and Snow festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province January 5, 2011. REUTERS/David Gray (CHINA - Tags: TRAVE
The sun sets behind horses attached to carriages in front of ice sculptures at the 12th Harbin Ice and Snow World display in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province January 4, 2011. The Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival will be officially launched on January 5. REUTERS/David