Photos: International Ice and Snow festival kicks off in China

The 31st International Ice and Snow Festival kicked off on Monday (January 5) in Harbin, one of the coldest cities in China, with a spectacular display of ice sculptures.

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People gather at the amusement park on the frozen Songhua river beside the Harbin international ice and snow festival in Harbin, on January 3, 2015. Over one million visitors are expected to attend the spectacular Harbin Ice Festival, where buildings of ice are bathed in ethereal lights and international ice sculptors compete for honours. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR
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A man stands at a gate of the amusement park on the frozen Songhua river beside the Harbin international ice and snow festival in Harbin, on January 3, 2015. Over one million visitors are expected to attend the spectacular Harbin Ice Festival, where buildings of ice are bathed in ethereal lights and international ice sculptors compete for honours. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR
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A woman slides at the China Ice and Snow World on January 4, 2015 on the eve of the opening ceremony of the 16th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR
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A woman and her child walk through the gate of an ice castle at the Harbin international ice and snow festival in Harbin, on January 3, 2015. Over one million visitors are expected to attend the spectacular Harbin Ice Festival, where buildings of ice are bathed in ethereal lights and international ice sculptors compete for honours. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR
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Visitors enjoy the amusement park on the frozen Songhua river beside the Harbin international ice and snow festival in Harbin, on January 3, 2015. Over one million visitors are expected to attend the spectacular Harbin Ice Festival, where buildings of ice are bathed in ethereal lights and international ice sculptors compete for honours. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR
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Workers cut ice blocks used for the Harbin international ice and snow festival in Harbin, on January 3, 2015. Over one million visitors are expected to attend the spectacular Harbin Ice Festival, where buildings of ice are bathed in ethereal lights and international ice sculptors compete for honours. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR
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People gather at the amusement park on the frozen Songhua river beside the Harbin international ice and snow festival in Harbin, on January 3, 2015. Over one million visitors are expected to attend the spectacular Harbin Ice Festival, where buildings of ice are bathed in ethereal lights and international ice sculptors compete for honours. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR
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Women walk in the street in Harbin, on January 3, 2015 for the Harbin international ice and snow festival. Over one million visitors are expected to attend the spectacular Harbin Ice Festival, where buildings of ice are bathed in ethereal lights and international ice sculptors compete for honours. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR
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A swimmer dives into a pool carved from thick ice during an ice swimming competition at the 16th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province on January 5, 2015. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR
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A swimmer dives into a pool carved from thick ice during an ice swimming competition at the 16th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province on January 5, 2015. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR
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Participants prepare to swim in a pool carved from thick ice during an ice swimming competition at the 16th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province on January 5, 2015. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR
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Dancers clad in animal costumes wait to perform over the frozen Songhua river at the 16th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province on January 5, 2015. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR
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Ice skaters perform over the frozen Songhua river at the 16th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province on January 5, 2015. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR
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An ice skater glides over the frozen Songhua river at the 16th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province on January 5, 2015. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR
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A visitor with a Chinese national flag draped over her shoulders takes a photograph of a snow sculpture during the 16th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province on January 5, 2015. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR
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A man clad in a teddy bear suit leans on a snow sculpture during the 16th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province on January 5, 2015. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR
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Visitors look at snow sculptures during the 16th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province on January 5, 2015. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR
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A woman and her child poses in front a snow sculpture during the 16th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province on January 5, 2015. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR
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Visitors look at snow sculptures during the 16th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province on January 5, 2015. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR
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Visitors take photographs on an ice sculpture during the 16th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province on January 5, 2015. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR
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Visitors take photographs on an ice sculpture during the 16th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province on January 5, 2015. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR
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A visitor exits an igloo during the 16th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province on January 5, 2015. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR
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a woman slides at the China Ice and Snow World on January 4, 2015 on the eve of the opening ceremony of the 16th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR
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A picture taken on January 4, 2015 shows people visiting the China Ice and Snow World on the eve of the opening ceremony of the 16th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR
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Visitors walks the stairs of an ice tower at the China Ice and Snow World on January 4, 2015 on the eve of the opening ceremony of the 16th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR
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Visitors walks in an ice mazeat the China Ice and Snow World on January 4, 2015 on the eve of the opening ceremony of the 16th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR
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A picture taken on January 4, 2015 shows a giant red fish at the China Ice and Snow World on the eve of the opening ceremony of the 16th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR
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A picture taken on January 4, 2015 shows the China Ice and Snow World on the eve of the opening ceremony of the 16th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR
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A man rests before riding a sledge on the frozen Songhua river beside the Harbin international ice and snow festival in Harbin, on January 3, 2015. Over one million visitors are expected to attend the spectacular Harbin Ice Festival, where buildings of ice are bathed in ethereal lights and international ice sculptors compete for honours. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR
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A picture taken on January 4, 2015 shows the China Ice and Snow World on the eve of the opening ceremony of the 16th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR
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A swimmer prepares to dive into a pool carved from thick ice during an ice swimming competition at the 16th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province on January 5, 2015. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR
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A picture taken on January 4, 2015 shows a couple taking a pose at the China Ice and Snow World on the eve of the opening ceremony of the 16th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR
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A picture taken on January 4, 2015 shows people visiting the China Ice and Snow World on the eve of the opening ceremony of the 16th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR
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Visitors walks in an ice castle, on January 4, 2015 at the China Ice and Snow World on the eve of the opening ceremony of the 16th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR
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Visitors walks in an ice castle, on January 4, 2015 at the China Ice and Snow World on the eve of the opening ceremony of the 16th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR
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Visitors walks in an ice castle, on January 4, 2015 at the China Ice and Snow World on the eve of the opening ceremony of the 16th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR
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Visitors walk in an ice castle , on January 4, 2015 at the China Ice and Snow World on the eve of the opening ceremony of the 16th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR
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A picture taken on January 4, 2015 shows people visiting the China Ice and Snow World on the eve of the opening ceremony of the 16th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR
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Ice sculptors carve a snow sculpture, on January 4, 2015 at the China Ice and Snow World on the eve of the opening ceremony of the 16th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR
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People look through telescopes , on January 4, 2015 at the China Ice and Snow World on the eve of the opening ceremony of the 16th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR
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A picture taken on January 4, 2015 shows people visiting the China Ice and Snow World on the eve of the opening ceremony of the 16th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR
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A picture taken on January 4, 2015 shows a woman visiting the China Ice and Snow World on the eve of the opening ceremony of the 16th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR
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A swimmer prepares to dive into a pool carved from thick ice during an ice swimming competition at the 16th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province on January 5, 2015. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR
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A swimmer dives into a pool carved from thick ice during an ice swimming competition at the 16th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province on January 5, 2015. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR
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A swimmer takes a breath in a pool carved from thick ice during an ice swimming competition at the 16th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province on January 5, 2015. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR
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A swimmer takes a breath in a pool carved from thick ice during an ice swimming competition at the 16th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province on January 5, 2015. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR