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Jan 07, 2020

Harbin's ice festival kicks off (Pics)

The world's largest annual ice festival will open its doors to visitors on Sunday in a city near the China-Russia border.

The 2020 Harbin Ice and Snow Festival, held in China's 'city of ice' Harbin, is set to stun tourists with a 148-acre, neon-lit 'Kingdom of Snow' built by around 10,000 workers in 15 days.

The fairy-tale-like theme park comprises 21 groups of semi-transparent sculptures, which have been hand-carved by artists with ice blocks hauled from the famed local river Songhua.

With a population of around one million, Harbin is the provincial capital of Heilongjiang and billed as 'the Moscow of the Far East' for its heavy Russian influence due to the construction of the Trans-Siberian Railway at the beginning of the 20th century.

The renowned annual celebration of all things wintry began in 1985 and will celebrate its 36th edition this year.

(Pics - Dailymail)
 

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