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


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.

World's Largest Ice Festival
World's Largest Ice Festival