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China’s legendary Harbin Ice and Snow Festival kicks off

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A man walks past ice sculptures at a park before the opening ceremony of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, China’s northeastern Heilongjiang province, on January 4, 2016.

The legendary Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival has kicked off in China where over a million people are expected to visit the gigantic ice structures displayed in ethereal lights.

The annual event, the 32nd of its kind, opens in December and ends in February with an official opening ceremony held each year on January 5.

The event, which draws visitors and tourists from around the world, is comprised of various themed zones such as a lantern fair and a sculpture exhibition. This year’s festival is spread out over 750,000 square meters and required over 330,000 cubic meters of ice and snow to build.


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