Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival

The Boston Globe’s Big Picture posted some amazing photos of even more fantastic and unbelievable behemoth ice sculptures from the 26th annual International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival held in Harbin, a city in northeaster China.

Massive buildings built of ice from the frozen surface of the nearby Songhua River, large scale snow sculptures, ice slides, festival food and drinks can be found in several parks in the city. At night, visitors who endure the bitter cold will see the lights switched on, illuminating the sculptures from both inside and outside. This year’s festival opened yesterday, January 5th, and will remain open until some time in February.