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Ice Sculptures Brighten Up Monotonous Winter Landscape

Harbin, the capital city of Heilongjiang province in northeastern China, has been welcoming tourists and visitors all over the world with huge ice castles and snow figures during the winter season. These colorful artworks are part of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, which is a major tourist draw in the coldest part of China in the winter.

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Above, visitors tour the Ice and Snow World during a soft opening of the exhibit in Harbin on Dec. 22, 2015.

Image: Workers polish a snow sculpture ahead of the annual Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival, in Harbin
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Temperature in Harbin City can drop to below -30°F during the winter. Above, workers polish a snow sculpture ahead of the opening, on Dec. 22.

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The festival is scheduled to begin on Jan. 5, 2016 and will last for over a month. It will include events like Harbin Ice Lantern Art Fair, Harbin Ice Snow Group Wedding Ceremony and International University Students Snow Sculpture Competition, etc., according to its official website.