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Fireworks are set off during the opening ceremony of the International Ice and Snow festival. (PA)

Winter Wonderland: Thousands flock to see Chinese city made entirely from ICE

While the U.S. shivers while in the grip of a 'polar vortex' which has seen temperatures plummet to -26C, in China they are celebrating the winter temperatures with a spectacular ice sculpture festival.
The 30th Harbin Ice and Snow Festival has now opened its doors to tourists to come and gaze at the colourful creations made entirely from blocks of ice.
The annual festival, in north-eastern China, displays the incredibly detailed structures, which took some 10,000 workers, and about 330,000 cubic metres of snow and ice to build. This year's festivities feature the theme 'Global Ice and Snow Dream, World Cartoon Tour'.