In pictures: China's 37th Harbin International Ice Snow Festival
The 37th Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in China has opened to visitors, featuring frozen towers, palaces and castles. It runs until 25 February 2021.
In Harbin, China, sculptors have been busy for weeks creating works of art from huge blocks of ice for the city's annual ice sculpture festival. The 37th Harbin International Ice Snow Festival kicked off on January 5, and features skiing, sledding, mass weddings, winter swimming and a theme park of ice sculptures bathed by coloured lights.
Harbin Ice Festival runs until 25 February 2021.
With China's international borders heavily restricted due to the coronavirus pandemic, domestic tourists are expected to account for the bulk of visitors marvelling at the ice sculptures next month in temperatures below minus 35 Celsius (minus 31 Fahrenheit).
The festival began in 1963 and was interrupted during China's Cultural Revolution, resuming again in 1985. In December, about 300 "ice miners", many of whom are construction labourers and farmers, built the festival's towering ice structures. To build the frozen city, tens of thousands of ice blocks were prised out of the kilometre-wide frozen river Songhua, which winds its way through Harbin.
Let's take a look at the "winter wonderland":