Harbin International Ice Festival opens (Video)

Harbin International Ice Festival opens (Video)

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Harbin, China - December 30, 2013: Harbin Ice and Snow World. People are walking. Located in Harbin City, Heilongjiang Province, China.

The 33rd edition of the Ice and Snow Festival in China’s northeastern city of Harbin has officially opened, with big crowds enduring the icy cold temperatures to come look at masterpieces of ice and snow carving, such as a replica of Beijing’s Temple of Heaven or a giant Buddha. With temperatures reaching -18 degrees Celsius and an air smothered by smog, revelers strolled around at night time to look at ice monuments ten times their height, decorated with multicolored lights. The most popular attractions were the ice slides, where people would sit on a tiny plastic sled and let go down the slope.