The Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in the frigid northeastern Chinese city is known for massive, elaborate and colourfully lit ice sculptures featuring animals, cartoon characters and landmarks. The month-long festival showcases massive ice monuments and opened for visitors from January 2, 2018. Days of the Chinses lunar new year celebrations, which are held during February 15 to February 23, are expected to be most crowded days. Temperature at this time of the year can dip below -18 degree Celsius, but that doesn't deter people from thronging to the festival each year.
Last year's festival drew 18 million visitors and $4.4 billion in tourism revenue for Harbin, data from the city's tourism bureau showed.
For the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival, 2018, ice sculpture artist Han Zhenkun designed his work based on the historic Silk Road.
"Back then, through the Silk Road, exquisite artworks from China like potteries were transported by camels and horses to the Western world," Han told AP.
Ice sculptures of Moscow's Red Square and Bangkok's Temple of the Emerald Buddha are among landmarks featured in the world's largest ice festival.
One park, the Harbin Ice-Snow World, features more than 2,000 ice sculptures made from 180,000 cu m of ice collected from the Songhua River by nearly a thousand workers.