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Giant ice sculptures glow in hot neon at winter festival

More than 2,000 ice sculptures are on display in Harbin in frigid northeast China.

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An ice sculpture created by Mongolian artists is displayed at the Harbin Ice-Snow World on Jan. 19. 

The Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival opened in early January and runs through late February. 

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Visitors walk through an ice maze on Jan. 6.

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The sculptures are made from 180,000 cubic meters (240,000 cubic yards) of ice collected from the Songhua River by nearly a thousand workers. 

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Participants carve their entries for an international ice sculpture competition on Jan. 6.

34 teams from 12 countries participated in the contest.

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Considered the world's largest ice festival, last year's event drew 18 million visitors. 

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Temperatures at this time of the year in Harbin can dip below zero Fahrenheit (minus 18 Celsius).

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In addition to ice sculpture competitions, the festival also includes winter swimming, ice hockey, skiing and snow biking.

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Fireworks light up the sky during the opening of the festival on Jan. 5. 

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A train carries visitors through the park on Jan. 5. 

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First held in 1963, the festival was interrupted for a number of years during the Cultural Revolution and didn't return until 1985. This is the 34th festival. 

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Visitors pass onion domes topped with crosses.

Ice sculptures of Moscow's Red Square and Bangkok's Temple of the Emerald Buddha are among the landmarks featured at the festival. 

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A 115-foot high sculpture looms over visitors on Jan. 5.

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Workers prepare the giant sculpture on Dec. 10, 2017.

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