Harbin festival: China's ice-and-snow city - in pictures

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The northern Chinese city of Harbin is hosting its annual ice-and-snow festival - one of the largest of its type in the world.
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The festival features enormous ice palaces, sculptures, and slides illuminated in bright colours.
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The blocks of ice are taken from the local river before being carved and brushed on site.
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About 180,000 cubic metres of ice and 150,000 cubic metres of snow are used to create the 800,000 sq m (200 acre) site.
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Last year the festival attracted more than a million visitors.
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Eighteen couples braved the cold to get married at this year's festival, before ice-skating together.
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The opening of the 33rd edition of the festival featured a fireworks display.

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