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The town of Harbin in northeast China has created an entire city carved out of ice and snow. The 28th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival, which opens on January 5, features work by some of the best ice sculptors and attracts thousands of visitors from around the world. The town, located near the border with Russia, experiences dry but freezing winters and has an abundance of ice on tap from the nearby Songhau River.

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Sightseers at the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival. Photograph by Massimo Vitali for The New York Times.

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FAIRBANKS, ALASKA: The International Ice Sculpting Championship, a yearly event features large ice sculptures placed around the city, such as this remarkable school of Angel Fish. (James Dorsey)

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Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, Harbin, China http://johnpirilloauthor.blogspot.com/

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No-Churn 2-Ingredient Strawberry Ice Cream is thick, creamy and amazingly delicious. It is a blissful ice cream speckled with fresh strawberries and it's so good you may never get store bought again! This simple recipe comes together in a flash and is sure to be your go-to summer ice cream recipe.

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Moomen in Snew, Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival by Rincewind42, via Flickr

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