Highlights from the 33rd Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival (44 images)

Chinese and foreign tourists visit the 33rd Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival that opened last week in Harbin, the capital of China's Northeastern Heilongjiang Province, on January 7, 2017. The annual festival's major venue, billed as the world's biggest outdoor "freezing" park, attracted over a million tourists last year to see the vast collection of elaborately carved ice structures and sculptures.
Updated: Jan. 10, 2017 at 10:20 AM
A Chinese vendor offers a Snow Fox for tourists to hold while having their photo taken in front of a snow sculpture during the 33rd Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival that opened last week in Harbin, the capital of China's Northeastern Heilongjiang Province, on January 7, 2017. The annual festival's major venue, billed as the world's biggest outdoor "freezing" park, attracted over a million tourists last year to see the vast collection of elaborately carved ice structures and sculptures. Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI
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Chinese boys pose for a photo in front of a giant snow sculpture while visiting the 33rd Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in Harbin, the capital of China's Northeastern Heilongjiang Province, on January 7, 2017. Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI
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A Chinese ice carver gets a taste of his work as he finishes his sculpture at the beginning of the 33rd Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in Harbin, the capital of China's Northeastern Heilongjiang Province, on January 7, 2017. Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI
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Chinese and foreign ice carvers finish their sculptures at the beginning of the 33rd Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in Harbin, the capital of China's Northeastern Heilongjiang Province, on January 7, 2017. Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI
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Chinese and foreign tourists visit the 33rd Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in Harbin, the capital of China's Northeastern Heilongjiang Province, on January 7, 2017. Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI
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A massive, Chinese-themed ice structure is completed at the beginning of the 33rd Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in Harbin, the capital of China's Northeastern Heilongjiang Province, on January 7, 2017. Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI
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A temporary prayer area, featuring prayer ribbons and burning joss sticks, is set in front of a giant Buddha snow sculpture at the 33rd Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in Harbin, the capital of China's Northeastern Heilongjiang Province, on January 7, 2017. Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI
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