Artists create incredible structures at the 2016 International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival

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Workers smile under an ice sculpture for the upcoming Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China, December 19, 2016. Picture taken December 19, 2016. REUTERS/Aly Song TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
An artist polishes an ice sculpture for the upcoming Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China, December 19, 2016. Picture taken December 19, 2016. REUTERS/Aly Song
Artists and workers prepare ice and snow sculptures for the upcoming Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China, December 16, 2016. December 16, 2016. REUTERS/Aly Song
Artists and workers prepare an ice sculpture for the upcoming Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China, December 16, 2016. Picture taken December 16, 2016. REUTERS/Aly Song
A snow sculpture is seen for the upcoming Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China, December 17, 2016. Picture taken December 17, 2016. REUTERS/Aly Song
Workers transport heads of models as they prepare to sell hats at the upcoming Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China, December 17, 2016. Picture taken December 17, 2016. REUTERS/Aly Song
A snow sculpture is seen for the upcoming Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China, December 17, 2016. Picture taken December 17, 2016. REUTERS/Aly Song
Artists prepare a snow sculpture for the upcoming Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China, December 17, 2016. Picture taken December 17, 2016. REUTERS/Aly Song
Artists and workers prepare ice and snow sculptures for the upcoming Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China, December 16, 2016. Picture taken December 16, 2016. REUTERS/Aly Song
Artists and workers prepare snow sculptures for the upcoming Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China, December 15, 2016. Picture taken December 15, 2016. REUTERS/Aly Song
Workers pull a giant ice cube out of the frozen Songhua River as they extract ice to make sculptures for the upcoming Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China, December 17, 2016. Picture taken December 17, 2016. REUTERS/Aly Song
Workers carving ice sculpture at Ice and Snow World park in Harbin city of China on December 20 2016.China's northernmost province of Heilongjiang will hold an "Ice and Snow Day" to warm up its winter tourism industry and sluggish economy in January 04 2017. (Photo by Tao Zhang/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Workers carving ice sculpture at Ice and Snow World park in Harbin city of China on December 20 2016.China's northernmost province of Heilongjiang will hold an "Ice and Snow Day" to warm up its winter tourism industry and sluggish economy in January 04 2017. (Photo by Tao Zhang/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Harbin residents building ice sculpture at ice and snow world in Harbin, Heilongjiang province on Dec 16. As winter comes, more people come to tour Harbin to see ice and snow. Workers collect ice from the Songhua River and then transport ice and snow to tourist spots such as Harbin Ice and Snow World Park. (Photo by Tao Zhang/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Harbin residents building ice sculpture at ice and snow world in Harbin, Heilongjiang province on Dec 16. As winter comes, more people come to tour Harbin to see ice and snow. Workers collect ice from the Songhua River and then transport ice and snow to tourist spots such as Harbin Ice and Snow World Park. (Photo by Tao Zhang/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Workers carving ice sculpture at Ice and Snow World park in Harbin city of China on December 20 2016.China's northernmost province of Heilongjiang will hold an "Ice and Snow Day" to warm up its winter tourism industry and sluggish economy in January 04 2017. (Photo by Tao Zhang/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Harbin residents building ice sculpture at ice and snow world in Harbin, Heilongjiang province on Dec 16. As winter comes, more people come to tour Harbin to see ice and snow. Workers collect ice from the Songhua River and then transport ice and snow to tourist spots such as Harbin Ice and Snow World Park. (Photo by Tao Zhang/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
A man lying at the front of ice sculpture at Ice and Snow World park in Harbin city of China on December 20 2016.China's northernmost province of Heilongjiang will hold an "Ice and Snow Day" to warm up its winter tourism industry and sluggish economy in January 04 2017. (Photo by Tao Zhang/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Workers carving ice sculpture at Ice and Snow World park in Harbin city of China on December 20 2016.China's northernmost province of Heilongjiang will hold an "Ice and Snow Day" to warm up its winter tourism industry and sluggish economy in January 04 2017. (Photo by Tao Zhang/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Artists and workers prepare a snow sculpture for the upcoming Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China, December 17, 2016. Picture taken December 17, 2016. REUTERS/Aly Song
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When most people think of their favorite winter activity, things like ice-skating, skiing, and sledding come to mind for many individuals. Those incredibly skilled and creative few take their love for the frosty and frozen to the next level with larger than life sculptures.

At the annual Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival dedicated artists spend weeks preparing for the event that will last two to three months. This particular festival is one of the four largest of its kind in the world! Taking place in China since the early 1980s, the yearly event has grown to be much more than just incredible sculptures. When the festival opens on January 5th you can also enjoy many of their other interesting activities such as; wedding ceremonies on ice, winter swimming competitions, speed skating, and several other exciting spectacles.

The sculptures for this year's festival are almost complete! Check out the impressive detail that goes into building these works of art above.

The festival draws people from all over the world each year, and there's still time to schedule a trip! For more information on how to get there and tours click here.

Sources : Ice Festival Harbin

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