Highlights From the 2017 Harbin Ice Festival in China

In frigid northeast China, one city kicks off the 33rd Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival, which began on Jan. 4, 2017. It is one of the world's largest ice and snow festivals, an annual event that last year drew more than a million visitors.

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People visit ice sculptures illuminated by colored lights at the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival to celebrate the new year in Harbin on Jan. 4, 2017.
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People visit the ice sculptures illuminated by colored lights at Harbin ice and snow world to celebrate the new year in Harbin city of China on Jan. 1, 2017.
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People visit the ice sculptures illuminated by colored lights at Harbin ice and snow world to celebrate the new year in Harbin city of China on Jan. 1, 2017.
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Visitors tour a castle-like ice structures at the Harbin International Ice and Snow festival in China.
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Contestants carve an ice sculpture during an international ice sculpture contest during the Harbin Ice and Snow festival in Harbin, capital of northeast China's Heilongjiang Province.
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A Chinese woman offers a prayer to a Kuanyin snow sculpture at the Harbin International Ice and Snow festival in Harbin, Jan. 5, 2017.
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Visitors tour a castle-like structure made from blocks of ice at the Harbin International Ice and Snow festival in Harbin, China.
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Contestants carve ice sculptures during an international ice sculpture contest as part of the Harbin Ice and Snow festival in Harbin, capital of northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, Jan. 3, 2017.
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Visitors play slide on a castle-like structure made from blocks of ice at the Harbin International Ice and Snow festival in Harbin, China.
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