Harbin Ice and Snow Festival 2011 Sculpture Pictures

Here are amazing pictures from China’s Harbin Ice and Snow Festival 2011. This is one of the largest ice-carving events in the world. Harbin is one of China’s coldest cities, and the mercury in January often drops to -20 degrees Celsius (-4 degrees Fahrenheit).

View stunning photos of the Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival.

1. Spectators watch fireworks explode over ice sculptures at the 12th Harbin Ice and Snow World display, during the official opening of the Harbin International Ice and Snow festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province January 5, 2011. REUTERS/David Gray.
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2. A workman walks near ice sculptures at the 12th Harbin Ice and Snow World display in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province January 4, 2011.
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3. Workmen put the finishing touches to a large snow sculpture.
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4. Workmen put the finishing touches to an ice sculpture of a castle.
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5. Workmen hang from a crane as they put the finishing touches to an ice sculpture.
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6. The 12th Harbin Ice and Snow World display in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province.
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7. Spectators watch fireworks explode over ice sculptures at the 12th Harbin Ice and Snow World display during the official opening of the Harbin International Ice and Snow festival.
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8. Spectators walk near ice sculptures at the 12th Harbin Ice and Snow World display, during the official opening of the Harbin International Ice and Snow festival.
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9. Spectators walk near ice sculptures at the 12th Harbin Ice and Snow World display, during the official opening of the Harbin International Ice and Snow festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province January 5, 2011.
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Pictures and text credits go to REUTERS/David Gray.