The 2016 Harbin Ice and Snow Festival

Every year, in northeast China’s Heilongjiang province, the city of Harbin hosts the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, featuring massive ice and snow sculptures—more than a million visitors are anticipated this year. At night, the sculptures are colorfully illuminated and visitors can climb and play on some of the structures. The festival officially opened on January 5, and will run through the end of February.

1, People visit the Harbin International Snow Sculpture Art Expo in Sun Island park on January 1, 2015 in Harbin, China.

01 Jan 2016, Harbin, Heilongjiang Province, China --- Harbin 1st January 2016 -- People visit the Harbin International Snow Sculpture Art Expo in Sun Island park on January 1, 2015 in Harbin, China. Harbin Ice Sculpture Festival is one of the highlights of the tour, attracts domestic and foreign tourists to visit. -- Night at the Harbin International Snow Sculpture Art Expo in Sun Island park in Harbin, China. Harbin Ice Sculpture Festival is one of the highlights of the tour, attracts domestic and foreign tourists to visit. --- Image by © Tao Zhang/Demotix/Corbis

2, Visitors walk through the China Ice and Snow World during the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival on January 5, 2016

TOPSHOT - Visitors walk through the China Ice and Snow World during the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province on January 5, 2016. Over one million visitors are expected to attend the spectacular Harbin Ice Festival, where buildings of ice are bathed in ethereal lights and international ice sculptors compete for honours. AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO / AFP / WANG ZHAO (Photo credit should read WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images)

3, Visitors look at snow sculptures before the opening ceremony of the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival on January 4, 2016.

Visitors look at snow sculptures before the opening ceremony of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province on January 4, 2016. Over one million visitors are expected to attend the spectacular Harbin Ice Festival, where buildings of ice are bathed in ethereal lights and international ice sculptors compete for honours. AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO / AFP / WANG ZHAO (Photo credit should read WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images)

4, A worker polishes an ice sculpture ahead of the festival in Harbin on January 4, 2016.

A worker polishes an ice sculpture ahead of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province, January 4, 2016. REUTERS/Aly Song - RTX20XCL

5, Ice sculptures illuminated by colored lights in Harbin, China, on January 5, 2016.

People visit ice sculptures illuminated by coloured lights on the opening day of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China, January 5, 2016. REUTERS/Aly Song - RTX2143O

Source: theatlantic.com