Visitors are silhouetted against lighted ice sculptures at the Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province January 5, 2014. The festival kicks off on Sunday. (REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon)
The annual Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival is originated from local Harbiner traditional ice lantern show garden party in winter since 1963.
It was halted for a number of years during the Cultural Revolution.
On January 5, 1985, it was declared as an annual event at Zhaolin Park.
Harbin is located in Northeast China where the climate is influenced by the cold winter wind from Siberia.
The average temperature in summer is 21.2 degrees Celsius (70 degrees Farenheit), and -16.8 degrees Celsius (1.76 degrees Farenheit) in winter.
Annual low temperatures below –35 degrees Celsius (–31 Farenheit) are not uncommon. (EPA)