Take a Virtual Trip to the Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival (Photos)

As winter enters its coldest months, North East China is making the most of the frozen wonderland with the 31st Harbin Ice Festival in Heilongjiang Province.

Harbin is subject to cold winds from Siberia, and is known as the “Ice City.” January is the coldest month with temperatures dropping down to -36 Fahrenheit.

Now the world’s largest ice and snow carnival, the annual show begins on Jan. 5, and lasts for one month or until the snow melts.

The sculptures appear throughout the city, but there are two main exhibition areas: Sun Island, and Ice and Snow World which is open at night with buildings made from ice blocks carved from the Songhua River.

Apart from the artworks, there are other activities, such as winter-swimming in the river, skiing, and an ice-lantern exhibition.

The sculptors use chisels, picks, and saws to create their designs.

Deionized water makes transparent ice, and multicolored lights color it.

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