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.