If freezing temperatures and teeth-chattering weather is your idea of fun, Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival is your place to be. The world's largest snow and ice festival is set up and embellished with fascinating installations and activities.
The annual festival that usually goes on from January 5 to February 5, this year will pan across 600,00 square meters and is made up of 110,000 cubic meters of ice and 120,000 cubic meters of snow.
Embodying a scene from a fairytale, the festival comprises of gloriously illuminated ice castles, along with a larger than life Buddha statue, a 3D light show and Northern lights-themes ice slides.
What's snow without a snowman? Keeping that in mind, the festival includes 2,019 snowmen of different faces and sizes built along the river.
The festival that was inspired by Heilongjiang's traditional lanterns, which were carved out of ice and shimmering with candles, was first celebrated in 1985.
Celebrating it for the 35th time in 2019, the festival has its name alongside Sapporo Snow Festival in Japan, Canada's Quebec Winter Carnival and Norway's Holmenkollen Ski Festival.
Here is a glimpse of the snowy grandeur of the festival-