Harbin ice show attracts thousands

Thousands of people have visited the opening ceremony of the 30th Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in Heilongjiang province of China. The festival features incredible displays of sculpting, with vast buildings and other statues being created especially for the winter event.
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Visitors look at ice sculptures during the opening of the 30th Harbin International Ice & Snow Sculpture Festival on January 5, 2014 in Harbin, Heilongjiang province of China. (Getty Images)
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Visitors look at ice sculptures during the opening of the 30th Harbin International Ice & Snow Sculpture Festival on January 5, 2014 in Harbin, Heilongjiang province of China. (Getty Images)
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People visit opening of the 30th Harbin International Ice & Snow Sculpture Festival on January 5, 2014 in Harbin, Heilongjiang province of China. (Getty Images)
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Visitors pose with a snow sculpture of rubber duck during the opening of the 30th Harbin International Ice & Snow Sculpture Festival on January 5, 2014 in Harbin, Heilongjiang province of China. (Getty Images)
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Visitors look at ice sculptures during the opening of the 30th Harbin International Ice & Snow Sculpture Festival on January 5, 2014 in Harbin, Heilongjiang province of China. (Getty Images)
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Visitors look at ice sculptures during the opening of the 30th Harbin International Ice & Snow Sculpture Festival on January 5, 2014 in Harbin, Heilongjiang province of China. (Getty Images)
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An Ice sculpture is displayed at the Grand Ice and Snow World during the 30th Harbin International Ice & Snow Sculpture Festival on January 5, 2014 in Harbin, China. This year's Ice and Snow World features the theme 'Global Ice and Snow Dream, World Cartoon Tour'. (Getty Images)
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Tourists dance at the Grand Ice and Snow World during the 30th Harbin International Ice & Snow Sculpture Festival on January 5, 2014 in Harbin, China. This year's Ice and Snow World features the theme 'Global Ice and Snow Dream, World Cartoon Tour'. (Getty Images)
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Children play at the Grand Ice and Snow World during the 30th Harbin International Ice & Snow Sculpture Festival on January 5, 2014 in Harbin, China. This year's Ice and Snow World features the theme 'Global Ice and Snow Dream, World Cartoon Tour'. (Getty Images)
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Tourists visit the ice buildings on display at the Grand Ice and Snow World during the 30th Harbin International Ice & Snow Sculpture Festival on January 5, 2014 in Harbin, China. This year's Ice and Snow World features the theme 'Global Ice and Snow Dream, World Cartoon Tour'. (Getty Images)
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Tourists visit the ice buildings on display at the Grand Ice and Snow World during the 30th Harbin International Ice & Snow Sculpture Festival on January 5, 2014 in Harbin, China. This year's Ice and Snow World features the theme 'Global Ice and Snow Dream, World Cartoon Tour'. (Getty Images)
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An Ice sculpture is displayed at the Grand Ice and Snow World during the 30th Harbin International Ice & Snow Sculpture Festival on January 5, 2014 in Harbin, China. This year's Ice and Snow World features the theme 'Global Ice and Snow Dream, World Cartoon Tour'. (Getty Images)
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Tourists visit the ice buildings on display at the Grand Ice and Snow World during the 30th Harbin International Ice & Snow Sculpture Festival on January 5, 2014 in Harbin, China. This year's Ice and Snow World features the theme 'Global Ice and Snow Dream, World Cartoon Tour'. (Getty Images)
Mon 06 Jan 2014 11:32 AM