Artists create fantasy world from ice

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Artists Create Fantasy World from Ice


The annual Harbin International Ice Festival has begun in China with more than 7,000 people working to help the artists shape their creations. It officially opens on Jan. 5th.

Check out the gallery below for stunning pics from the past few years.

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Artists create fantasy world from ice
This picture taken on December 30, 2013 shows people visiting the ice lanterns and carvings at the 2014 Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, in northeast China's Heilongjiang province. This year's 'Ice and Snow World' will officially open on January 5, 2014. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
A Russian ice sculptor puts the final touches to his team's creation, entitled 'Swan Lake' at the China Ice and Snow World, as workers make last minute preparations for the opening ceremony of the 15th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province on January 4, 2014. This year's 'Ice and Snow World' opens January 5, and will features the theme 'Global Ice and Snow Dream, World Cartoon Tour'. AFP PHOTO/GOH CHAI HIN (Photo credit should read GOH CHAI HIN/AFP/Getty Images)
A Russian ice sculptor puts the final touches to his team's creation, entitled 'Swan Lake' at the China Ice and Snow World, as workers make last minute preparations for the opening ceremony of the 15th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province on January 4, 2014. This year's 'Ice and Snow World' opens January 5, and will features the theme 'Global Ice and Snow Dream, World Cartoon Tour'. AFP PHOTO/GOH CHAI HIN (Photo credit should read GOH CHAI HIN/AFP/Getty Images)
A snow making machine blows artificial snow over the China Ice and Snow World during last minute preparations for the opening ceremony of the 15th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province on January 4, 2014. This year's 'Ice and Snow World' opens January 5, and will features the theme 'Global Ice and Snow Dream, World Cartoon Tour'. AFP PHOTO/GOH CHAI HIN (Photo credit should read GOH CHAI HIN/AFP/Getty Images)
Visitors enjoy the slides on an ice sculpture at the China Ice and Snow World as workers make last minute preparations for the opening ceremony of the 15th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province on January 4, 2014. This year's 'Ice and Snow World' opens January 5, and will features the theme 'Global Ice and Snow Dream, World Cartoon Tour'. AFP PHOTO/GOH CHAI HIN (Photo credit should read GOH CHAI HIN/AFP/Getty Images)
Visitors walk past an ice sculpture depicting the late pop star Michael Jackson on display along a street in conjunction with the China Ice and Snow World, of the 15th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province on January 4, 2014. This year's 'Ice and Snow World' opens January 5, and will features the theme 'Global Ice and Snow Dream, World Cartoon Tour'. AFP PHOTO/GOH CHAI HIN (Photo credit should read GOH CHAI HIN/AFP/Getty Images)
A climber performs his skill on a building made of blocks of ice displaying with a Chinese national flag during the opening ceremony of the Harbin International Ice and Snow festival in Harbin in northeastern's China's Heilongjiang province, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
Visitors pose near giant sculptures made from ice and snow before the opening ceremony of the Harbin International Ice and Snow festival in Harbin in northeastern's China Heilongjiang province, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Visitors watch fireworks display during the opening ceremony of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival held in Harbin in northeastern's China's Heilongjiang province, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
A group of girls pose in front of a castle made from blocks of ice before the opening ceremony of the Harbin International Ice and Snow festival held in Harbin in northeastern's China's Heilongjiang province, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
Visitors view buildings made from blocks of ice for the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin in northeastern China's Heilongjiang province, on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012. The festival is scheduled to officially open on Thursday night, Jan. 5. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
A snow making machine blows artificial snow over the China Ice and Snow World during last minute preparations for the opening ceremony of the 15th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province on January 4, 2014. This year's 'Ice and Snow World' opens January 5, and will features the theme 'Global Ice and Snow Dream, World Cartoon Tour'. AFP PHOTO/GOH CHAI HIN (Photo credit should read GOH CHAI HIN/AFP/Getty Images)
HARBIN, CHINA - DECEMBER 22: People view a large snow sculpture at the 26th Harbin International Snow Sculpture Art Expo in Sun Island park on December 22, 2013 in Harbin, China. The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival is one of the largest ice and snow festivals in the world and is a popular winter destination for both Chinese and foreign visitors. (Photo by Hong Wu/Getty Images)
Harbin, CHINA: Workers puts the finishing touches to a giant snowman at a snow and ice exhibition in the northern Chinese city of Harbin 05 January 2007. As temperature here can plummet to -40 degrees celcius in winter, the city of Harbin annually holds a month long ice festival with this year being the 23rd Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival. AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)
HARBIN, CHINA: Tourists admire one of the ice lanterns on display throughout north China's Harbin city 04 January 2006, as part of the 22nd Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival. Harbin is one of China's coldest cities and each winter hosts a famous ice festival, with famous buildings and landmarks from around the world recreated in ice. AFP PHOTO/GOH CHAI HIN (Photo credit should read GOH CHAI HIN/AFP/Getty Images)
A Chinese worker prepares for the opening ceremony of the Harbin International Ice and Snow festival in Harbin in northeastern's China Heilongjiang province, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
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