26 December 2013

Spectacular Snow Sculptures Transform Chinese Province Into A Winter Wonderland

Visitors to the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in Heilongjiang Province in North East China were treated to the dazzling sight of giant snow sculptures. The festival officially kicks off on 5 January and lasts one month.

The sculptures were carved out of ice from the frozen Songhua River nearby and they ranged from woolly mammoths and reindeers, to a T-Rex and a replica of the Sagrada Família cathedral in Barcelona. Visitors could also climb an ice palace, posed for photos and generally have a blast.

If you’re wondering how they stay solid, Harbin’s extremely low temperatures and cold winds ensure the sculptures remain intact.

Check out some photos below.

[via BuzzFeed, images by Getty Images]