Ice Magic in China

Ice Magic in China

Fireworks illuminate ice castles and sculptures of fairytale characters at the opening ceremony of the 14th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in north-east China's Heilongjiang province. One of the world's largest international ice festivals, it began on January 5 and runs until the end of February. And after yesterday's heat wave, the cold has never looked so good...

(Images via Shutterstock and SMH, initial artcile via the Sydney Morning Herald)

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