Harbin — known for its bitterly cold winters and often called China’s “Ice City” — opened its annual International Ice and Snow Festival last weekend. Thousands of visitors braved temperatures of -17 degrees Fahrenheit in northeast China’s Heilongjiang province to visit the frosty wonderland, which features crazy sculptures made from massive ice blocks and illuminated with colorful LED lights. Extravagant castles, a Colosseum and an Empire State Building are all made with ice blocks from the frozen Songhua River. The show runs through March, weather permitting.
Miami Herald wires