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In pictures: Harbin ice festival

The annual Harbin Ice and Snow Festival is taking place in China's north-eastern province of Heilongjiang and is expected to draw about 800,000 people to see the sculptures.

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The festival is known for its colourful light shows that create a magical world of ice.

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As well as the ice sculptures, some couples took part in a joint wedding ceremony before posing for their wedding photographs.

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Here a visitor looks for space to hang a piece of red ribbon bearing her wish on a column of ice.

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Teams from a number of countries compete to carve sculptures out of the ice which is cut from the river.

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Some of the sculptures can be interacted with, from ice horses...

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... to an illuminated ice slide.

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There is also an ice maze to explore though the more adventurous can compete in the annual ice swimming competition.

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