Sculptures from this international ice and snow festival are mind-boggling

The world’s largest ice festival began this week in Harbin, a city in the northeastern part of China.

The Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival goes through late February and features thousands of ice sculptures. The most spectacular of these works are the massive and elaborate recreations of castles, historic landmarks and famous figures, lit up at night in dazzling bright colors.

Eighteen million people attended last year’s festival. This year, besides subzero temperatures, attendees can expect an ice replica of Moscow’s Red Square and Bangkok’s Temple of the Emerald Buddha, as well as works by artist Han Zhenkun based on the country’s famous Silk Road.

Here are some photos of the eye-catching festival as it kicks off.

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HARBIN, CHINA - JANUARY 05: Tourists visit illuminated ice sculptures during the opening ceremony of the 34th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival at Ice and Snow World park on January 5, 2018 in Harbin, Heilongjiang Province of China. The 34th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival is held from January 5 until the end of February. (Photo by Yu Kun/China News Service/VCG via Getty Images)
People visit illuminated ice sculptures at the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China January 5, 2018. Picture taken January 5, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. CHINA OUT.
A worker on a crane prepares a 30-metre tall ice tower ahead of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China January 3, 2018. Picture taken January 3, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. CHINA OUT.
Fireworks explode over ice sculptures as the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival officially kicks off, in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China, January 5, 2017. Picture taken January 5, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA.
Fireworks explode over ice sculptures as the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival officially kicks off, in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China, January 5, 2017. Picture taken January 5, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA.
Tourists visit the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival as it officially kicks off, in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China, January 5, 2017. Picture taken January 5, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA.
HARBIN, CHINA - JANUARY 05: Tourists visit illuminated ice sculptures during the opening ceremony of the 34th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival at Ice and Snow World park on January 5, 2018 in Harbin, Heilongjiang Province of China. The 34th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival is held from January 5 until the end of February. (Photo by Yu Kun/China News Service/VCG via Getty Images)
HARBIN, CHINA - JANUARY 06: A ice restaurant based in Harbin, capital of Northeast China's Heilongjiang province on January 6, 2018. Customers can enjoy hotpot in the establishment. (Photo by Tao Zhang/Getty Images)
HARBIN, CHINA - JANUARY 06: Tourists walk past a maze at the Chinese Baroque style street on January 6, 2018 in Harbin city of China. Harbin Ice Sculpture Festival is one of the highlights of the tour, attracts domestic and foreign tourists to visit. In order to celebrate the ice and snow festival, the various scenic spots in Harbin have built ice sculptures. (Photo by Tao Zhang/Getty Images)
HARBIN, CHINA - JANUARY 06: People enjoy hotpot at ice restaurant in Harbin, capital of Northeast China's Heilongjiang province on January 6, 2018. (Photo by Tao Zhang/Getty Images)
HARBIN, CHINA - JANUARY 06: Tourists walk past a maze at the Chinese Baroque style street on January 6, 2018 in Harbin city of China. Harbin Ice Sculpture Festival is one of the highlights of the tour, attracts domestic and foreign tourists to visit. In order to celebrate the ice and snow festival, the various scenic spots in Harbin have built ice sculptures. (Photo by Tao Zhang/Getty Images)
HARBIN, CHINA - JANUARY 05: Tourists visit illuminated ice sculptures during the opening ceremony of the 34th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival at Ice and Snow World park on January 5, 2018 in Harbin, Heilongjiang Province of China. The 34th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival is held from January 5 until the end of February. (Photo by Yu Kun/China News Service/VCG via Getty Images)
HARBIN, Jan. 5, 2018: Tourists visit the Ice-Snow World in Harbin, capital of northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, Jan. 5, 2018. The 34th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival kicked off on Friday. (Xinhua/Wang Jianwei via Getty Images)
HARBIN, CHINA - JANUARY 05: People arrive to inspect the illuminated ice castle during the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival at Harbin Sun Island International Snow Sculpture Art Expo in Harbin, China on January 05, 2018. The Festival, established in 1985, is held annually on January 5 and lasts over a month. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
HARBIN, CHINA - JANUARY 05: Swimmers take part in the 18th International Winter Swimming Invitational Competition at a pool carved up from the frozen Songhua river during the 34th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival on January 5, 2018 in Harbin, China. The two-day competition attracted nearly 600 winter swimmers from home and abroad. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
HARBIN, CHINA - JANUARY 05: An illuminated ice castle is seen during the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival at Harbin Sun Island International Snow Sculpture Art Expo in Harbin, China on January 05, 2018. The Festival, established in 1985, is held annually on January 5 and lasts over a month. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
HARBIN, CHINA - JANUARY 05: A snow sculpture is seen during the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival at Harbin Sun Island International Snow Sculpture Art Expo in Harbin, China on January 05, 2018. The Festival, established in 1985, is held annually on January 5 and lasts over a month. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
HARBIN, CHINA - JANUARY 05: People visit the illuminated ice castle during the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival at Harbin Sun Island International Snow Sculpture Art Expo in Harbin, China on January 05, 2018. The Festival, established in 1985, is held annually on January 5 and lasts over a month. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
HARBIN, CHINA - JANUARY 05: An illuminated snow sculpture is seen during the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival at Harbin Sun Island International Snow Sculpture Art Expo in Harbin, China on January 05, 2018. The Festival, established in 1985, is held annually on January 5 and lasts over a month. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
HARBIN, CHINA - JANUARY 05: People arrive to inspect the snow sculpture is seen during the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival at Harbin Sun Island International Snow Sculpture Art Expo in Harbin, China on January 05, 2018. The Festival, established in 1985, is held annually on January 5 and lasts over a month. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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