Winter is here and so is the season of snow and ice. With several parts of the northern hemisphere witnessing heavy snowfall, China is hosting the world's largest ice and snow festival.

The Harbin ice festival that started in 1980s opens from January 5 to February 5 every year.

And it is nothing short of a grand snowy visual treat.

The festival kickstarted with these fireworks.

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When the entrance is such, imagine how the world inside would look like.

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Welcome to the world of snow and ice.

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Are we looking at snow-lit buildings?

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So colourful, yet snowy.

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If only all of them could come to life, in the city of snowmen.

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Castles we have never dreamt of.

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The art of sculpture got an all new meaning now.

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Snow is the new brick and mortar in this city.

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Dashing through the snow.

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When are you booking your tickets to this snowy retreat?