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Visitors tour the Ice and Snow World in Harbin in northeastern China's Heilongjiang province on Tuesday Dec. 22, 2015, the night of the soft opening of the annual tourist attraction. (Chinatopix Via AP)
TOPSHOT - Visitors walk through the China Ice and Snow World during the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province on January 5, 2016. Over one million visitors are expected to attend the spectacular Harbin Ice Festival, where buildings of ice are bathed in ethereal lights and international ice sculptors compete for honours. AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO / AFP / WANG ZHAO (Photo credit should read WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images)
A man poses for a picture in front of ice sculptures at the China Ice and Snow World during the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province on January 5, 2016. Over one million visitors are expected to attend the spectacular Harbin Ice Festival, where buildings of ice are bathed in ethereal lights and international ice sculptors compete for honours. AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO / AFP / WANG ZHAO (Photo credit should read WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images)
HARBIN, CHINA - DECEMBER 22: (CHINA OUT) Tourists play in the Harbin Ice And Snow World during its test run on December 22, 2015 in Harbin, Heilongjiang Province of China. The 17th Harbin Ice And Snow World would run from December 25, 2015 to February 25, 2016. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
In this Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015 photo, visitors tour the Ice and Snow World during a soft opening of the exhibit in Harbin in northeastern China's Heilongjiang province. The annual collection of snow and lighted ice sculptures is a major tourist draw to the city during the winter months. (Chinatopix via AP) 
A family take a carriage as they visit the China Ice and Snow World during the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province on January 5, 2016. Over one million visitors are expected to attend the spectacular Harbin Ice Festival, where buildings of ice are bathed in ethereal lights and international ice sculptors compete for honours. AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO / AFP / WANG ZHAO (Photo credit should read WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images)
A girl slides at the China Ice and Snow World during the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province on January 5, 2016. Over one million visitors are expected to attend the spectacular Harbin Ice Festival, where buildings of ice are bathed in ethereal lights and international ice sculptors compete for honours. AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO / AFP / WANG ZHAO (Photo credit should read WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images)
In this Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015 photo, a man works on an ice sculpture at the Ice and Snow World during a soft opening of the exhibit in Harbin in northeastern China's Heilongjiang province. The annual collection of snow and lighted ice sculptures is a major tourist draw to the city during the winter months. (Chinatopix via AP)
In this Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015 photo, visitors tour the Ice and Snow World during a soft opening of the exhibit in Harbin in northeastern China's Heilongjiang province. The annual collection of snow and lighted ice sculptures is a major tourist draw to the city during the winter months. (Chinatopix via AP)
Fireworks set off to mark the opening of the annual Harbin Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin in northeast China's Heilongjiang province Tuesday Jan. 5, 2016. (Chinatopix Via AP)
In this Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015 photo, visitors tour the Ice and Snow World during a soft opening of the exhibit in Harbin in northeastern China's Heilongjiang province. The annual collection of snow and lighted ice sculptures is a major tourist draw to the city during the winter months. (Chinatopix via AP)
Visitors carve characters into ice as they visit the China Ice and Snow World during the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province on January 5, 2016. Over one million visitors are expected to attend the spectacular Harbin Ice Festival, where buildings of ice are bathed in ethereal lights and international ice sculptors compete for honours. AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO / AFP / WANG ZHAO (Photo credit should read WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images)
HARBIN, CHINA - DECEMBER 22: (CHINA OUT) Tourists visit the 17th Harbin Ice And Snow World during its test run on December 22, 2015 in Harbin, China. The event will run from December 25, 2015 to February 25, 2016. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
Visitors tour the Ice and Snow World in Harbin in northeastern China's Heilongjiang province on Tuesday Dec. 22, 2015, the night of the soft opening of the annual tourist attraction. (Chinatopix Via AP) 
A woman looks at an ice sculpture at the China Ice and Snow World during the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province on January 5, 2016. Over one million visitors are expected to attend the spectacular Harbin Ice Festival, where buildings of ice are bathed in ethereal lights and international ice sculptors compete for honours. AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO / AFP / WANG ZHAO (Photo credit should read WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images)
HARBIN, CHINA - DECEMBER 22: (CHINA OUT) Tourists play in the Harbin Ice And Snow World during its test run on December 22, 2015 in Harbin, Heilongjiang Province of China. The 17th Harbin Ice And Snow World would run from December 25, 2015 to February 25, 2016. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
In this Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015 photo, visitors tour the Ice and Snow World during a soft opening of the exhibit in Harbin in northeastern China's Heilongjiang province. The annual collection of snow and lighted ice sculptures is a major tourist draw to the city during the winter months. (Chinatopix via AP) 
A man takes a photo in front of ice sculptures at the China Ice and Snow World on eve of the opening ceremony of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province on January 4, 2016. Over one million visitors are expected to attend the spectacular Harbin Ice Festival, where buildings of ice are bathed in ethereal lights and international ice sculptors compete for honours. AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO / AFP / WANG ZHAO (Photo credit should read WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images)
Visitors tour the Ice and Snow World in Harbin in northeastern China's Heilongjiang province on Tuesday Dec. 22, 2015, the night of the soft opening of the annual tourist attraction. (Chinatopix Via AP) 
Visitors walk through the China Ice and Snow World during the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province on January 5, 2016. Over one million visitors are expected to attend the spectacular Harbin Ice Festival, where buildings of ice are bathed in ethereal lights and international ice sculptors compete for honours. AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO / AFP / WANG ZHAO (Photo credit should read WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images)
HARBIN, CHINA - DECEMBER 22: (CHINA OUT) Tourists play in the Harbin Ice And Snow World during its test run on December 22, 2015 in Harbin, Heilongjiang Province of China. The 17th Harbin Ice And Snow World would run from December 25, 2015 to February 25, 2016. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
This picture shows a general view of the opening ceremony of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival at the China Ice and Snow World in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province on January 5, 2016. Over one million visitors are expected to attend the spectacular Harbin Ice Festival, where buildings of ice are bathed in ethereal lights and international ice sculptors compete for honours. AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO / AFP / WANG ZHAO (Photo credit should read WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - A man walks on the frozen Songhua river beside the Harbin international ice and snow festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province on January 3, 2016. Over one million visitors are expected to attend the spectacular Harbin Ice Festival, where buildings of ice are bathed in ethereal lights and international ice sculptors compete for honours. AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO / AFP / WANG ZHAO (Photo credit should read WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images)
Visitors walk through the China Ice and Snow World during the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province on January 5, 2016. Over one million visitors are expected to attend the spectacular Harbin Ice Festival, where buildings of ice are bathed in ethereal lights and international ice sculptors compete for honours. AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO / AFP / WANG ZHAO (Photo credit should read WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman uses a mobile phone to take a picture at the China Ice and Snow World during the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province on January 5, 2016. Over one million visitors are expected to attend the spectacular Harbin Ice Festival, where buildings of ice are bathed in ethereal lights and international ice sculptors compete for honours. AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO / AFP / WANG ZHAO (Photo credit should read WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images)
HARBIN, CHINA - DECEMBER 22: (CHINA OUT) Tourists visit the 17th Harbin Ice And Snow World during its test run on December 22, 2015 in Harbin, China. The event will run from December 25, 2015 to February 25, 2016. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
In this Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015 photo, visitors tour the Ice and Snow World during a soft opening of the exhibit in Harbin in northeastern China's Heilongjiang province. The annual collection of snow and lighted ice sculptures is a major tourist draw to the city during the winter months. (Chinatopix via AP)
HARBIN, CHINA - DECEMBER 22: (CHINA OUT) Artists work on a snow sculpture at the 17th Harbin Ice And Snow World during its test run on December 22, 2015 in Harbin, China. The event will run from December 25, 2015 to February 25, 2016. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
People visit the China Ice and Snow World on the eve of the opening ceremony of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province on January 4, 2016. Over one million visitors are expected to attend the spectacular Harbin Ice Festival, where buildings of ice are bathed in ethereal lights and international ice sculptors compete for honours. AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO / AFP / WANG ZHAO (Photo credit should read WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images)
A family pull a sleigh before the opening ceremony of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province on January 4, 2016. Over one million visitors are expected to attend the spectacular Harbin Ice Festival, where buildings of ice are bathed in ethereal lights and international ice sculptors compete for honours. AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO / AFP / WANG ZHAO (Photo credit should read WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images)
People wait in line at the China Ice and Snow World on the eve of the opening ceremony of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province on January 4, 2016. Over one million visitors are expected to attend the spectacular Harbin Ice Festival, where buildings of ice are bathed in ethereal lights and international ice sculptors compete for honours. AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO / AFP / WANG ZHAO (Photo credit should read WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images)
A swimmer takes a breath in a pool carved from thick ice during an ice swimming competition during the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province on January 5, 2016. Over one million visitors are expected to attend the spectacular Harbin Ice Festival, where buildings of ice are bathed in ethereal lights and international ice sculptors compete for honours. AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO / AFP / WANG ZHAO (Photo credit should read WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images)
Swimmers jump into a pool carved from thick ice during an ice swimming competition at the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province on January 5, 2016. Over one million visitors are expected to attend the spectacular Harbin Ice Festival, where buildings of ice are bathed in ethereal lights and international ice sculptors compete for honours. AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO / AFP / WANG ZHAO (Photo credit should read WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images)
A swimmer prepares to leave a pool carved from thick ice during an ice swimming competition during the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province on January 5, 2016. Over one million visitors are expected to attend the spectacular Harbin Ice Festival, where buildings of ice are bathed in ethereal lights and international ice sculptors compete for honours. AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO / AFP / WANG ZHAO (Photo credit should read WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images)
A vendor selling candied haws waits for customers at the China Ice and Snow World before the opening ceremony of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province on January 4, 2016. Over one million visitors are expected to attend the spectacular Harbin Ice Festival, where buildings of ice are bathed in ethereal lights and international ice sculptors compete for honours. AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO / AFP / WANG ZHAO (Photo credit should read WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images)
People visit the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province on January 5, 2016. Over one million visitors are expected to attend the spectacular Harbin Ice Festival, where buildings of ice are bathed in ethereal lights and international ice sculptors compete for honours. AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO / AFP / WANG ZHAO (Photo credit should read WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images)
HARBIN, CHINA - DECEMBER 19: (CHINA OUT) Workers carve the snow sculpture of 28th Harbin Sun Island International Snow Sculpture Art Expo on December 19, 2015 in Harbin, Heilongjiang Province of China. The 28th Harbin Sun Island International Snow Sculpture Art Expo would open on Dec 22. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
Two workers engrave snow sculptures before the opening ceremony of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province on January 4, 2016. Over one million visitors are expected to attend the spectacular Harbin Ice Festival, where buildings of ice are bathed in ethereal lights and international ice sculptors compete for honours. AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO / AFP / WANG ZHAO (Photo credit should read WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images)
HARBIN, CHINA - DECEMBER 19: (CHINA OUT) Picture shows the snow sculpture of 28th Harbin Sun Island International Snow Sculpture Art Expo on December 19, 2015 in Harbin, Heilongjiang Province of China. The 28th Harbin Sun Island International Snow Sculpture Art Expo would open on Dec 22. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
Visitors take sleighs past snow sculptures during the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province on January 5, 2016. Over one million visitors are expected to attend the spectacular Harbin Ice Festival, where buildings of ice are bathed in ethereal lights and international ice sculptors compete for honours. AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO / AFP / WANG ZHAO (Photo credit should read WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images)
HARBIN, CHINA - DECEMBER 19: (CHINA OUT) A tourist takes pictures of the snow sculpture of 28th Harbin Sun Island International Snow Sculpture Art Expo on December 19, 2015 in Harbin, Heilongjiang Province of China. The 28th Harbin Sun Island International Snow Sculpture Art Expo would open on Dec 22. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
HARBIN, CHINA - DECEMBER 20: (CHINA OUT) Picture shows the snow sculpture of 28th Harbin Sun Island International Snow Sculpture Art Expo on December 20, 2015 in Harbin, Heilongjiang Province of China. The 28th Harbin Sun Island International Snow Sculpture Art Expo would open on Dec 22. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - A man dressed as a cartoon character dances in front of snow sculptures during the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province on January 5, 2016. Over one million visitors are expected to attend the spectacular Harbin Ice Festival, where buildings of ice are bathed in ethereal lights and international ice sculptors compete for honours. AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO / AFP / WANG ZHAO (Photo credit should read WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images)
Visitors look at snow sculptures before the opening ceremony of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province on January 4, 2016. Over one million visitors are expected to attend the spectacular Harbin Ice Festival, where buildings of ice are bathed in ethereal lights and international ice sculptors compete for honours. AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO / AFP / WANG ZHAO (Photo credit should read WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images)
HARBIN, CHINA - DECEMBER 19: (CHINA OUT) Picture shows the snow sculpture of 28th Harbin Sun Island International Snow Sculpture Art Expo on December 19, 2015 in Harbin, Heilongjiang Province of China. The 28th Harbin Sun Island International Snow Sculpture Art Expo would open on Dec 22. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
HARBIN, CHINA - DECEMBER 19: (CHINA OUT) Picture shows the snow sculpture of 28th Harbin Sun Island International Snow Sculpture Art Expo on December 19, 2015 in Harbin, Heilongjiang Province of China. The 28th Harbin Sun Island International Snow Sculpture Art Expo would open on Dec 22. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
Lights are decorated on trees at the China Ice and Snow World on the eve of the opening ceremony of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province on January 4, 2016. Over one million visitors are expected to attend the spectacular Harbin Ice Festival, where buildings of ice are bathed in ethereal lights and international ice sculptors compete for honours. AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO / AFP / WANG ZHAO (Photo credit should read WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images)
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Over one million visitors are expected to attend China's 32nd annual Harbin Ice Festival, where buildings of ice are bathed in ethereal lights and international ice sculptors compete for honors.

The spectacular collection of snow and lighted ice sculptures, a major tourist draw to the city during the winter months, runs from Dec. 25, 2015 to Feb. 25, 2016.

Tourists Endure Freezing Cold to Visit Ice and Snow Festival

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