Giant sculptures are among the features at the International Ice and Snow Festival in China

Early visitors to the 30th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in China’s Heilongjiang province get an up-close look at a giant snow sculpture. The festival, which opened Jan. 5 this year, lasts for weeks. The city’s frosty weather is influenced by Siberian winds. Nearly 10,000 people were involved in building the sculptures, which used huge ice blocks cut from a local river. See more exceptional photos at washingtonpost.com/photography.

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