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Deep in the north of China, not far from the Russian border, the 32nd Harbin Ice and Snow Festival is currently underway. It’s the world’s largest winter festival, attracting as many as one million visitors – despite daytime temperatures as low as 13 to minus 23 Celsius. This year’s theme is “Pearl on the Crown of Ice & Snow” and, like other years, visitors come to marvel at intricately-carved ice architecture and sculptures. And while the festival is spectacular during the day, the artistry takes on a new life at night when the computer-controlled, LEDs embedded within the ice sculptures switch on, casting a colorful and ethereal glow over the entire exhibition. More than 100 foreign artists are currently competing in the ice sculpture and LED lighting design competitions.
Lunar New Year/Chinese New Year/Spring Festival