Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival (PHOTOS)

The Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival  has been held since 1963 in Heilongjiang province in northeastern China. Colossal ice and snow sculptures wow visitors from all corners of the globe who flock to the often month-long annual festival.

An incredible snow palace

Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City at the 2007 festival

'Crossing the Bering Strait,' at the time the largest snow sculpture ever created

Even watching the creation of the sculptures is incredible.

Creating a Santa Claus sculpture

Putting on the final touches at the 2013 festival (photo by Sheng-Li|Reuteurs)

Greece inspired sculpture at the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival

Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival

And the statues are so massive that you can actually climb on them!

Sliding down an ice sculpture at the 2013 festival (photo by Sheng-Li|Reuters)

Panda costumes are optional….

Visitors attend a preview of the 2012 festival

…but you can still take cheesy photos.

How many people does it take to span the length of this sculpture?

A visitor at the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival's Sun Island Park

An entire city at the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival

This event is a definite bucket list item!

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