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Breathtaking pictures from China’s Harbin ice and snow festival

Check out these stunning images from China's famous Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival.

China has kick-started the new year with a bang. The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture was inaugurated on Jan 5 2016. It is held every year in Harbin, China. The festival lasts for about a month. (Source: AP)

Fireworks light up the sky behind ice sculptures during the opening day of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival, Harbin, Heilongjiang province, January 5, 2016. (Source: Reuters)

In this photo, visitors tour the minarets and tombs on display at the Ice and Snow World during a soft opening of the exhibit. The Ice and Snow World is one of the main exhibits at the festival. (Source: AP)

This year's theme is 'pearl in the crown of ice and snow'. (Source: AP/PTI)

An overhead view of the ice monuments on display at the soft opening of the exhibit. (Source: AP)

A man works on an ice sculpture at the Ice and Snow World. The annual collection of snow and lighted ice sculptures is a major tourist draw to the city during the winter months. (Source: AP)

An ice sculpture of a mythical god on the opening day of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival on January 5, 2016. (Source: Reuters)

In this photo dated January 4, 2016, a sculpture of a mythical god aims at nothing while a worker polishes an ice sculpture ahead of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival. It was inaugurated on January 5, 2016. (Source: Reuters)

A worker diligently polishes the inside curve of an unnamed circular sculpture ahead of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival. (Source: Reuters)

People visit a purple-themed monument — illuminated by coloured lights — on the opening day of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival. (Source: Reuters)

Visitors tour the Ice and Snow World. North-East China makes it an ideal location for such a festival. (Source: AP)

People visit a red-themed monument — illuminated by coloured lights on the opening day of the festival. (Source: Reuters)

Newly-wed couples attend their group wedding ceremony which was held as a part of the festival on January 6, 2016. 15 couples got married in freezing weather of Harbin. (Source: Reuters)