6 January 2019
China's northern city of Harbin opened its annual ice and snow festival on Saturday with fireworks that lit up the skies over the icy wonderland. When night came, colored lights illuminated the towering sculptures of ice and snow. The 35th Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival opened with the theme "20-year Grand Ceremony & Review".
Highlights include sled rides on the Songhua river, mass weddings and 2019 snowmen on display on the icy surface of Songhua River. This year, the festival runs from January 5 to February 5.