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Last Updated: Wednesday January 05 2011 16:33 GMT

In pics: Awesome snow and ice sculptures in China!

Sculpture and worker at the annual snow and ice festival in Harbin in China.

Lots of you have been making amazing snow sculptures this winter, but check out what artists in China have been doing!

Sculpture and workers at the annual snow and ice festival in Harbin in China.

In the northern city of Harbin, an annual snow and ice festival is under way and they've got some gigantic sculptures to show off with.

Sculpture and workers at the annual snow and ice festival in Harbin in China.

Local volunteers and sculptors have spent the weeks leading up to the festival carving out the designs.

Sculpture of a woman at the annual snow and ice festival in Harbin in China.

Huge amounts of snow have been used - look how small the workers are compared to some of the sculptures!

Sculpture and workers at the annual snow and ice festival in Harbin in China.

Even more ice was used, which was cut from the surface of the nearby Songhua river.

Sculptures of chinese pagodas at the annual snow and ice festival in Harbin in China.

The festival has been running every year since 1985 - and is still going strong.

Sculpture of a house and two swans at the annual snow and ice festival in Harbin in China.

Thousands of visitors are expected to see how the chunks of snow and ice have been transformed over the next few weeks.

Sculpture lit up at night at the annual snow and ice festival in Harbin in China.

And when it gets dark, the sculptures are lit up!

Sculpture lit up at night at the annual snow and ice festival in Harbin in China.

The ice is really clear and each block has a coloured light inside, creating this spectacular display.

Sculpture lit up at night at the annual snow and ice festival in Harbin in China.

And of course the festival couldn't officially start without fireworks!