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A northern Chinese city is displaying grand ice sculptures and replicas of historic landmarks such as the Leaning Tower of Pisa, for its 33rd annual International Ice Festival, which opened on Thursday, January 5th.

Artists gathered at the venue, in the city of Harbin, to apply the final touches to their ice masterpieces.

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A laborer works beside a large snow sculpture ahead of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China, January 5, 2016.

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A boy takes a ride on an ice sculpture illuminated by colored lights at the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival to celebrate the new year in Harbin on January 4, 2017.

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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. 

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An artist polishes an ice sculpture for the upcoming Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China, December 19, 2016. 

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Performers perform on the stage during the opening ceremony of Beijing Ice and Snow Cultural Tourism Festival on December 30, 2016 in Beijing, China. The first Beijing Ice and Snow Cultural Tourism Festival started from December 30, which will last a total of over one month altogether. The first Beijing Ice and Snow Cultural Tourism Festival aims to invite tourists around the World to travel to Beijing in Winter.

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Artists prepare a snow sculpture for the upcoming Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China, December 17, 2016.

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A snow sculpture is seen for the upcoming Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China, December 17, 2016. 

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People visit the ice sculptures illuminated by colored lights at Harbin ice and snow world to celebrate the new year in Harbin city of China on January 1 2017.The opening ceremony of the 33nd Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival will open in 04 January 2017.

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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. 

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People visit the ice sculptures illuminated by colored lights at Harbin ice and snow world to celebrate the new year in Harbin city of China on January 1 2017.The opening ceremony of the 33nd Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival will open in 04 January 2017.

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People visit ice sculptures illuminated by colored lights at the Harbin Harbin Ice & Snow world to celebrate the 18th Harbin Ice & Snow world opening Ceremony in Harbin on January 5, 2017.

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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. 

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People visit ice sculptures illuminated by colored lights on the opening day of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China, January 5, 2016.

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A view of structures built of ice during the opening night of the annual tourist attraction, Ice and Snow World, on December 21, 2016 in Harbin, China.

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A large snow sculpture is seen ahead of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China, January 5, 2016.

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A view of structures built of ice during the opening night of the annual tourist attraction, Ice and Snow World, on December 21, 2016 in Harbin, China.

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Newly-wed couples attend their group wedding ceremony which was held as part of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province, January 6, 2016.

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A view of structures built of ice during the opening night of the annual tourist attraction, Ice and Snow World, on December 21, 2016 in Harbin, China.

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Laborers work at a large snow sculpture ahead of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China, January 5, 2016.

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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. 

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A horse stands in front of ice sculptures ahead of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province, January 4, 2016.

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People visit ice sculptures illuminated by colored lights at the Harbin Harbin Ice & Snow world to celebrate the 18th Harbin Ice & Snow world opening Ceremony in Harbin on January 5, 2017.

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Artists and workers prepare snow sculptures for the upcoming Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China, December 15, 2016.

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A reindeer is seen as people visit ice sculptures illuminated by colored lights at the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival to celebrate the new year in Harbin on January 4, 2017.

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A worker take the skateboard at Harbin ice and snow world to celebrate the new year in Harbin city of China on January 1 2017.

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A worker polishes an ice sculpture ahead of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province, January 4, 2016.

(REUTERS/Aly Song)

People visit the ice sculptures illuminated by colored lights at Harbin ice and snow world to celebrate the new year in Harbin city of China on January 1 2017.The opening ceremony of the 33rd Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival will open in 04 January 2017.

(Photo by Tao Zhang/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

A worker polishes an ice sculpture ahead of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province, January 4, 2016.

(REUTERS/Aly Song)

People visit the ice sculptures illuminated by colored lights at Harbin ice and snow world to celebrate the new year in Harbin city of China on January 1 2017.The opening ceremony of the 33rd Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival will open on January 4, 2017.

(Photo by Tao Zhang/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

A worker polishes an ice sculpture ahead of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province, January 4, 2016.

(REUTERS/Aly Song)

People visit ice sculptures illuminated by colored lights at the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival to celebrate the new year in Harbin on January 4, 2017.

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People look around ice sculptures ahead of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province, January 4, 2016.

(REUTERS/Aly Song)

People visit ice sculptures illuminated by colored lights at the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival to celebrate the new year in Harbin on January 4, 2017.

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A worker prepares an ice sculpture for the upcoming Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China, December 17, 2016. 

(REUTERS/Aly Song)

People tour between structures built of ice in the Ice and Snow World on December 31, 2016 in China, Harbin.

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An aerial view of structures built of ice in the Ice and Snow World on December 31, 2016 in China, Harbin.

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Workers cut ice on the frozen surface of a lake on January 02, 2016 in Shenyang, China. The ice blocks are to be used in building ice structures for sight-seeing.

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Workers cut ice on the frozen surface of a lake on January 02, 2016 in Shenyang, China. The ice blocks are to be used in building ice structures for sight-seeing.

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People visit ice sculptures illuminated by colored lights at the Harbin Harbin Ice & Snow world to celebrate the 18th Harbin Ice & Snow world opening Ceremony in Harbin on January 5, 2017.

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Contestants create ice sculptures during an international ice sculpture contest in Harbin, capital of northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, Jan. 3, 2017.

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People visit the ice sculptures illuminated by colored lights at Harbin ice and snow world to celebrate the new year in Harbin city of China on January 1 2017.

(Photo by Tao Zhang/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

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The city began work on the carvings, many of which are the size of two- to three-story buildings, in mid-December, the festival's official website said. Sculptures are mostly built using ice from a nearby river.

Some tourists had already arrived by Wednesday, including Qing Wenyu, from the southern Guangxi region, who said she had read about the snow in the north when she was in primary school.

"I thought, I still have time to come here before I graduate and enjoy the scenery of our northern region and the art and sculptures of the Ice Festival," she said after sliding down one of the venue's ice slides.

Another tourist from the south said she had been inspired to come after seeing photos of the colourfl lights and ice sculptures during the night.

The festival lasts until February 25, festival organiszrs said.

Harbin, the capital of Heilongjiang province on the edge of Siberia, is one of China's coldest places. Winter temperatures can drop to below minus 35 degrees Celsius.

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