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January 5, 2012
Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival 2011
The annual Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival officially opened today. It lasts for one month and has been held since 1963.
Harbin, the capital of Heilongjiang province of People's Republic of China, is one of the sources of ice and snow culture in the world. Geographically, it is located in Northeast China under the direct influence of the cold winter wind from Siberia. The average temperature in summer is 21.2 degrees Celsius, -16.8 degrees Celsius in winter. It can be as cold as -38.1 degrees Celsius in winter. -- Wikipedia
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A woman takes picture of the colorful buildings made from blocks of ice during the opening ceremony of the Harbin International Ice and Snow festival in Harbin in northeastern's China's Heilongjiang province, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012. AP / Andy Wong


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Visitors take pictures of buildings made from blocks of ice for the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin in northeastern China's Heilongjiang province, on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012. AP / Andy Wong



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Two woman walk up the stair case made from blocks of ice at the Harbin International Ice and Snow festival held in Harbin in northeastern's China's Heilongjiang province, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012. AP / Andy Wong



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Sunset is seen near a castle made from blocks of ice before the opening ceremony of the Harbin International Ice and Snow festival held in Harbin in northeastern's China's Heilongjiang province, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012. AP / Andy Wong



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Visitors tours a building structure made from blocks of ice at the Harbin International Ice and Snow festival held in Harbin in northeastern's China's Heilongjiang province, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012. AP / Andy Wong



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Visitors enjoy the sights at the Harbin International Ice and Snow festival in Harbin in northeastern's China's Heilongjiang province, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012. AP / Andy Wong



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A climber performs his skill on a building made of blocks of ice displaying with a Chinese national flag during the opening ceremony of the Harbin International Ice and Snow festival in Harbin in northeastern's China's Heilongjiang province, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012. AP / Andy Wong



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A photographer carries his equipment and walks past the colorful ice structures during the opening ceremony of the Harbin International Ice and Snow festival in Harbin in northeastern's China's Heilongjiang province, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012. AP / Andy Wong



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Visitors view buildings made from blocks of ice for the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin in northeastern China's Heilongjiang province, on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012. The festival is scheduled to officially open on Thursday night, Jan. 5. AP / Andy Wong



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Visitors tour a castle made from blocks of ice during the opening ceremony of the Harbin International Ice and Snow festival in Harbin in northeastern's China's Heilongjiang province, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012. AP / Andy Wong



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Silhouetted visitors walk up an ice castle made for the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin in northeastern China's Heilongjiang province, on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012. AP / Andy Wong



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Workers prepare to install a tree with lights near buildings made from blocks of ice for the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin in northeastern China's Heilongjiang province, on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012. AP / Andy Wong



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Visitors walk up stairs made from blocks of ice for the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin in northeastern China's Heilongjiang province, on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012. AP / Andy Wong



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Visitors view buildings made from blocks of ice for the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin in northeastern China's Heilongjiang province, on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012. AP / Andy Wong



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Tourists visit the Ice and Snow World in Harbin, on the first trial opening day of Dec. 24, 2011. ZUMA24.com / Wang Jianwei



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Visitors tour ice structures during the Ice and Snow World in Harbin. ZUMA24.com / Wang Jianwei



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Visitors tour the Ice and Snow World in Harbin, during The 28th China Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012. ZUMA24.com / Wang Jianwei



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Visitors enjoy ice lanterns during Harbin Ice Lantern Show in Zhaolin Park of Harbin, capital of northeast China's Heilongjiang Province. The event opened here on Friday with more than 2000 pieces of ice and snow work on display. ZUMA24.com / Wang Song



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The scene of contestants' making snow sculptures is reflected in mirrored goggles during the 28th National Snow Sculpture Contest in Harbin. A total of 60 snow sculptors of 20 teams took part in the contest starting on Jan. 3. ZUMA24.com / Wang Kai



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A group of girls pose in front of a castle made from blocks of ice before the opening ceremony of the Harbin International Ice and Snow festival held in Harbin in northeastern's China's Heilongjiang province, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012. AP / Andy Wong



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Chinese dancers perform during the opening ceremony of the Harbin International Ice and Snow festival held in Harbin in northeastern's China's Heilongjiang province, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012. AP / Andy Wong



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Fireworks explore while Chinese dancers performing on a snow hill during the opening ceremony of the Harbin International Ice and Snow festival held in Harbin in northeastern's China's Heilongjiang province, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012. AP / Andy Wong



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Visitors watch fireworks above the buildings made from blocks of ice during the opening ceremony of the Harbin International Ice and Snow festival in Harbin in northeastern's China's Heilongjiang province, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012. AP / Andy Wong



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Visitors watch fireworks during the opening ceremony of the Harbin International Ice and Snow festival in Harbin in northeastern's China's Heilongjiang province, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012. AP / Andy Wong



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