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 Sunday, 12 January, 2003, 15:26 GMT
In pictures: Harbin ice sculpture festival
Thousands of tourists from all over the world have flocked to the northern Chinese city of Harbin, which each year hosts a series of ice sculpture festivals.

People gather in front of a snow-carved sculpture depicting a woman playing a flute
Harbin is famous for its winter-related activities, and the festival is a magnet for tourists.

Snow carvers work on a sculpture of a face
Competitors braved severe cold (to -11C), eager to impress the crowd...

A Chinese ice sculptor crawls through a swan
...some had to crawl through their giant masterpieces...

A carver works on a sculpture of a man on a horse
...while others stood almost motionlessly, meticulously working out details.

Red lanterns light up the entrance to the Ice Lantern Festival exhibition
Tourists and locals alike also attended the famous Ice Lantern Festival to see fancy sculptures.

Children go down the ice staircase
Fascinated visitors wandered in the ice town, and many enjoyed a ride on a giant slide.

An ice sculpture of the Karlskirche in Vienna, at the Ice Lantern Festival
This year alone about 30,000 cubic metres of ice were used for the festival.
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