Stunning images from the 31st annual Harbin Snow and Ice Festival

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Stunning images from the 31st annual Harbin Snow and Ice Festival
Visitors look at snow sculptures during the 16th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province on January 5, 2015. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR (Photo credit should read FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman and her child poses in front a snow sculpture during the 16th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province on January 5, 2015. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR (Photo credit should read FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken on January 4, 2015 shows the China Ice and Snow World on the eve of the opening ceremony of the 16th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR (Photo credit should read FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)
HEILONGJIANG, CHINA - JANUARY 05: (CHINA MAINLAND OUT)World's biggest Snow Buddha which length 25m shows in the 16th Harbin ice and snow world on 05th January, 2015 in Harbin, Heilongjiang, China.(Photo by TPG/Getty Images)
A man clad in a teddy bear suit leans on a snow sculpture during the 16th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province on January 5, 2015. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR (Photo credit should read FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)
Visitors look at snow sculptures during the 16th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province on January 5, 2015. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR (Photo credit should read FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken on January 4, 2015 shows people visiting the China Ice and Snow World on the eve of the opening ceremony of the 16th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR (Photo credit should read FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)
Visitors walks in an ice castle, on January 4, 2015 at the China Ice and Snow World on the eve of the opening ceremony of the 16th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR (Photo credit should read FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)
People look through telescopes , on January 4, 2015 at the China Ice and Snow World on the eve of the opening ceremony of the 16th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR (Photo credit should read FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)
Visitors walks in an ice castle, on January 4, 2015 at the China Ice and Snow World on the eve of the opening ceremony of the 16th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR (Photo credit should read FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken on January 4, 2015 shows the China Ice and Snow World on the eve of the opening ceremony of the 16th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR (Photo credit should read FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)
a woman slides at the China Ice and Snow World on January 4, 2015 on the eve of the opening ceremony of the 16th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR (Photo credit should read FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken on January 4, 2015 shows the China Ice and Snow World on the eve of the opening ceremony of the 16th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR (Photo credit should read FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken on January 4, 2015 shows a giant red fish at the China Ice and Snow World on the eve of the opening ceremony of the 16th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR (Photo credit should read FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)
a woman slides at the China Ice and Snow World on January 4, 2015 on the eve of the opening ceremony of the 16th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR (Photo credit should read FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)
Visitors walks the stairs of an ice tower at the China Ice and Snow World on January 4, 2015 on the eve of the opening ceremony of the 16th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR (Photo credit should read FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)
Visitors walks in an ice mazeat the China Ice and Snow World on January 4, 2015 on the eve of the opening ceremony of the 16th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR (Photo credit should read FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)
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The Harbin Sun Island International Snow Sculpture pictures are just amazing http://t.co/Qi8TYe8ovJ http://t.co/JyVOQwlzpY
A couple takes pictures on a snow sculpture during the 16th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province on January 5, 2015. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR (Photo credit should read FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)
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By RYAN GORMAN

Amazing pictures are emerging from the world's largest snow and ice sculpture festival.

Held every year in northeastern China, the Harbin Snow and Ice Festival gives people an annual reason to look forward to the bitter cold the grips the city in winter months.

From buildings made of solid ice cinder blocks to gorgeous sculptures carved from snow, the annual event wows the millions who attend from around the world.

The massive festival often features buildings and massive carved statues paying tribute to ancient Egypt and China's dynastic rulers.

The massive showcase is part of a larger monthlong festival that includes many winter sports competitions, concerts a beauty pageant and even a group wedding.

It runs from January 5 to February 25.

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