The 30th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in China’s Heilongjiang province opened Jan. 5 and lasts for weeks, drawing Chinese and foreign visitors. Nearly 10,000 people were involved in making the sculptures, which are fashioned from huge ice blocks cut from a local frozen river and blocks of man-made snow, and made to resemble huge buildings, snow maidens and other structures, some of them lit up fancifully at night.
Dec. 27, 2013 Workers stab iron pikes into the frozen Songhua River as they extract giant ice cubes to make sculptures for the 30th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in China’s Heilongjiang province. According to the festival organizers, nearly 10,000 workers were employed to build the ice and snow sculptures, which require about 590,000 square feet of ice and 492,000 square feet of snow. Sheng Li/Reuters Buy Photo